General Medical Council says GPs have a professional duty to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and individual refusals could be investigated.

Pulse wrote that the GMC said its guidance is clear that ‘that doctors should be immunised against common serious communicable diseases unless medically contraindicated’.

The GMC’s Ethical guidance for doctors, at paragraph 29 states “You should be immunised against common serious communicable diseases (unless otherwise contraindicated).”

The GMC told Pulse it would look at any concerns reported to them on a case-by case basis, with a spokesperson adding: ‘If there are good reasons why vaccination is not appropriate in individual cases, we’d expect strong measures in place to minimise risk and protect vulnerable patients.’

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges also issued a statement reminding doctors of their duty as set out in the GMC Good Medical Practice guidelines.

‘The evidence for both the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines is strong and clear cut,’ the statement from member colleges which includes the RCGP said.

‘We believe it is particularly important for health and care staff to be vaccinated if at all possible because of the responsibility we all have in our various interactions with patients.’

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