Advice for doctors and physician associates on giving COVID-19 vaccines legally

Tracy Rogers, Director, Medicines Use & Safety, Medicines Use and Safety TeamPublished

The different legal mechanisms to give the vaccine are described dependent on General Medical Council (GMC) registration.

Doctor registered with the GMC

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (all stages)
  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)

Doctor provisionally registered with the GMC

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (all stages)
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)

Doctor no longer registered with the GMC

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (stages 2-4)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)

Physician Associate

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (stages 2-4)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)

Student Doctor or student Physician Associate

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (stages 2-4)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)