Dental professionals giving COVID-19 vaccines legally

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The different legal mechanisms to give the vaccine are described dependent on General Dental Council (GDC) registration

Dentist registered with the GDC

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (all stages)
  • 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)

Dental Hygienist registered with the GDC

This group can:

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

This group cannot:

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

Dental Therapist registered with the GDC

This group can:

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

This group cannot:

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

Dental Nurse registered with the GDC

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)

Dental professional no longer registered with the GDC

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 dental professional

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)

Update history

  1. Link to NHS England advice removed as no longer available.
  1. The current content is still accurate.
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  1. The current content is still accurate.
  1. The current content is still accurate.
  1. The current content is still accurate.
  1. The current content is still accurate.
  1. The current content is still accurate.
  1. Link to NHS England advice about PSDs updated.
  1. Advice for dentists writing a PSD updated.
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