COVID-19 vaccinations - what is expected of health practitioners

12 Mar 2021

Karen Stephens

by Karen Stephens

Doctor gives vax to senior woman

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.

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