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Covid-19 Learning Disability and Consent

May 2022 Update from NHSE - There is an evergreen offer for people with a learning disability and/or autism to receive any of the first 3 doses of the vaccination that have not yet been received. For those who lack capacity to make a decision around receipt of the vaccinations, professionals are advised to make use of the Mental Capacity Act and Best Interest approach to support decision making on an individual basis.

There have been a number of cases where vaccination agreement could not be reached by the family and these cases have resulted in a Court of Protection decision.

Whilst on occasion this may be an appropriate course of action, the Court of Protection processes are only required where an agreement around treatment (vaccination) cannot be reached in a person’s best interest. In all other cases a Best Interest decision can be reached and followed.

NHS England and NHS Improvement Safeguarding Team London Region have produced a flow chart which can be used and shared with colleagues.

Additional information can be found here:  Consent within the Vaccination Process

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Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2022 41 views