Staff seeking second vaccination early threatened with ‘regulatory action

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  • University Hospitals Birmingham FT told staff they could face disciplinary or regulatory action
  • Could be considered an “attempt to deceive the NHS in order to obtain medicines” so would be a “professional conduct issue”
  • Staff warned not to seek second dose via a different vaccination centre

Staff at one of England’s largest hospital trusts have been threatened with disciplinary and regulatory action if they attempt to get their second covid-19 vaccine dose early, HSJ has learned.

In an all-staff email today, University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust said: “Any staff trying to obtain a second dose ahead of their booked sessions could be considered deliberately attempting to deceive the NHS in order to obtain medicines and, as such, will be a professional conduct issue which may result in disciplinary action and/or regulatory action being taken against you.

“Second doses will begin in March, just a few weeks away, therefore we ask for your patience.”

The new note indicates the FT may have had a particular problem with staff seeking and/or getting second doses.

The email said that if they attended vaccination centres, staff would be refused a second dose, and be asked to leave.

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Source: HSJ


Date: 20 February 2021