Advice for dental professionals on giving COVID-19 vaccines legally

Tracy Rogers, Director, Medicines Use & Safety, Medicines Use and Safety TeamPublished Last updated See all updates

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)

Refer to NHS England advice:

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)

Change history

  1. Link to NHS England advice about PSDs updated.
  1. Advice for dentists writing a PSD updated.
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