DHSC releases guidance on temporary vaccine exemptions
15 Sep, 2021
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Partner and head of Health & Social Care James Sage explains the latest guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care on vaccine exemptions.
Medical exemption – self-certification
The DHSC has confirmed that staff asserting a medical exemption can self-certify that they meet the medical exemption criteria and has provided template forms for staff to use.
Follow the below links to view/download the forms:
This is a temporary process while the NHS Covid Pass system is launched. When that goes live, care workers will need to apply for a formal medical exemption through that system and their asserted medical exemption will be subject to clinical review.
Self-certification will expire 12 weeks after the NHS Covid Pass system is launched. It doesn’t say when that will be.
Who is exempt?
The DHSC has stated the following:
“While this list is not exhaustive, examples of medical exemptions from Covid-19 vaccination could include individuals:
Receiving end of life care where vaccination is not in the individual’s interests.
With learning disabilities or autistic individuals, or with a combination of impairments which result in the same distress, who find vaccination and testing distressing because of their condition and cannot be achieved through reasonable adjustments such as provision of an accessible environment.
With medical contraindications to the vaccines such as severe allergy to all Covid-19 vaccines or their constituents.
Who have had adverse reactions to the first dose (e.g. myocarditis).