The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and its member organisations strongly support the UK vaccination programme. The evidence for both the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines is strong and clear cut.

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.

For all doctors there is a duty from our regulator, the GMC, to be immunised against common serious communicable diseases (unless otherwise contraindicated). Beyond that we believe that it is just  common sense that all health and care workers should do all that they can to protect patients, themselves and their colleagues. This includes ensuring they take the opportunity to have a full course of COVID-19 vaccination.

 

4 March  2021