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COVID-19: Vaccinations

Updated 8 October 2021

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the largest immunisation programme in history.

Communicating with patients

Osteopaths are required to work within the framework of the Osteopathic Practice Standards (OPS).

In terms of the COVID-19 vaccines, relevant standards include:

C6: You must be aware of your wider role as a healthcare professional to contribute to enhancing the health and wellbeing of your patients:

You should be aware of public health issues and concerns, and be able to discuss these in a balanced way with patients, or guide them to resources or to other healthcare professionals to support their decision-making regarding these.

B2: You must recognise and work within the limits of your training and competence.
A7: You must make sure your beliefs and values do not prejudice your patients’ care.
D7: You must uphold the reputation of the profession at all times through your conduct, in and out of the workplace.

This means that osteopaths should ensure that discussions with patients about vaccines are based upon credible and legitimate sources of public health information such as the NHS website or the MHRA website.

Osteopaths’ eligibility for vaccines as frontline health workers

Many osteopaths who received their COVID-19 vaccinations as frontline health professionals will now be eligible for booster vaccinations. You can find further information at the following links:

Our infection control guidance contains more information about the actions that can mitigate against the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in health settings. This may include vaccination.


You might be interested to read this article: Opposing Vaccine Hesitancy During the Covid-19 Pandemic, which was published in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine on 18 February 2021.