NMC statement on Covid-19 vaccinations

Published on 09 February 2022

Read our statement below

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said

"We are incredibly proud of how nursing and midwifery professionals have responded to the pandemic – not only caring for people with Covid-19 and those with other needs but also vaccinating millions of people across the UK.

"Since the Covid-19 vaccine rollout started, the NMC has strongly encouraged anyone eligible - including all professionals on our register - to be fully vaccinated as quickly as possible.  There is a global scientific consensus, supported by our own medicines regulator in the UK, on the importance and value of full vaccination against Covid-19 and the benefits for people receiving care, vaccinated individuals themselves, their families, communities and the wider health and social care system.

"Our Code and our standards have always made clear that professionals have a responsibility to maintain their own level of health, taking all reasonable personal precautions to avoid potential health risks to colleagues and people receiving care. They also need to practise in line with the best available evidence, take appropriate steps to reduce risks and prioritise the safety of people in their care. They must work cooperatively, respecting others' views and opinions and behaving in a professional way at all times.

"That’s why we continue to encourage nursing and midwifery professionals to be vaccinated against Covid-19.  We’re glad that the vast majority of nurses, midwives and nursing associates already are. 

"Any professional with concerns about vaccination should seek advice and support, for example from their GP, occupational health team, employer or trade union. Employers should work collaboratively with professionals who are seeking more information or support around vaccination.  We do not consider that solely turning down Covid-19 vaccinations is a basis for a Fitness to Practise referral.

"We continue to strongly encourage all professionals to take up the offer of vaccination.  It is the best way to protect themselves, their families, colleagues and, of course, everyone receiving care."

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