COVID-19 vaccinations - what is expected of health practitioners

12 Mar 2021

Karen Stephens

by Karen Stephens

Vaccine in progress

Ahpra and the 15 National Boards have published a joint statement to help registered health practitioners and students understand what’s expected of them concerning:

  • being vaccinated against COVID-19 unless medically contraindicated
  • being appropriately trained and qualified to administer COVID-19 vaccines if authorised
  • providing accurate advice and information about COVID-19 vaccination including in social media and advertising. Social media content must not contradict public health campaigns or messaging. Breaches of this may be subject to investigation and possible regulatory action by a National Board; and advertising that includes false, misleading or deceptive claims about COVID-19, including anti-vaccination material, may result in prosecution by Ahpra.

Vaccines (being prescription medicines) usually cannot be advertised to consumers, but the TGA has made exceptions

  • Government- produced advertising materials (federal, state or territory governments) about COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Factual information about COVID-19 vaccination services:
  • Location
  • Times or opening hours
  • Whether an appointment is needed and how to make one.

Advertisers must not use self-developed advertising material, and must not add:

  • vaccine tradenames or active ingredients
  • implications that harm will result from not receiving the vaccine
  • implications that the vaccine offered is superior to other vaccines
  • incentives to obtain the service or vaccine.

Not yet subscribed to receive our medico-legal blog? Scroll down to subscribe and stay connected.

This blog contains general information only. We recommend you contact your medical defence organisation or insurer when you require specific advice in relation to medico-legal matters.



Career complications and contending with uncertainty

Among the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for junior doctors is how to respond to medical training impacts and career uncertainty. In this podcast, Dr Caroline Elton (a psychologist who specialises in helping doctors)and Dr Benjamin Veness (a Psychiatry registrar) share advice for coping with medical training and career delays, disruptions and unknowns.


10 Aug 2020

Diplomacy in a hierarchy: Tips for approaching a difficult conversation with a senior hospital colleague

Resolving a disagreement or conflict can be hard and it’s a skill that needs practise. In this podcast Dr Eddie Kim (a residential medical officer), Dr Paul Eleftheriou (a chief medical officer) and Dr Kiely Kim (MDA National medico-legal adviser and general practitioner), explore top tips for approaching a difficult and possibly daunting conversation with a senior colleague. References and related resources for this episode can be viewed at


05 Aug 2020