A new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) from NHS England instructs GPs that a “minimum four visit schedule is recommended” to vaccinate care home residents and staff for Covid-19, following approval for the deployment of the Pfizer vaccine in care homes.
While emphasising that no safety concerns have been reported in clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccines authorised for use, the Government has nevertheless decided to take the precautionary step of adding them to the Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme (VDPS).
The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued updated guidance setting out good practice principles for making decisions about care, from the treatment of minor conditions to major interventions with significant risks or side effects.
NHS England has said each patient is to be given an individual assessment by a GPs before they receive a Covid-19 vaccination, and GPs will take full clinical responsibility for all vaccinations delivered by non-prescribers until a national protocol is agreed.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has advised health and social care providers that on 1 January 2021 the UK will become a “third country” for data protection purposes unless an adequacy decision is reached with the EU.
An interim report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has stated that there was evidence of “unacceptable and inappropriate” Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders during the pandemic.