The Daily Telegraph

All GPS should have vaccinatio­n, BMA rules

- By Lizzie Roberts HEALTH REPORTER

ALL doctors should be vaccinated against Covid unless medically exempt, the British Medical Associatio­n (BMA) has ruled.

The motion was presented at its annual representa­tive meeting yesterday and passed by 73 per cent of delegates.

It comes after the Government launched a consultati­on on mandatory jabs for frontline health workers.

Previously, the Government said all staff in registered care homes in England must be vaccinated against Covid from Nov 11, unless medically exempt.

Proposing the motion, Dr Jacky Davis said: “The best way to protect ourselves, our colleagues, our patients, is to get vaccinated. But what happens when reasonable alternativ­es have been explored, and people still refuse? Then vaccines must be made mandatory for those who want to stay on the front line. It should be a last resort, but it has to be an option.”

Speaking against the motion, Dr Zishan Syed said that he was not opposed to vaccinatio­ns but against mandatory vaccinatio­ns. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA council’s chair, stressed the motion was not about mandating vaccines.

He said: “We shouldn’t just be talking about double vaccinatio­ns. We must make sure we have Covid-secure health-care settings, because otherwise you almost run the risk of giving the impression that doctors being doublevacc­inated can go to work, and somehow everything’s OK.

“But in fact, you still can get Covid after a double vaccinatio­n, and you still can actually transmit. All of those other measures must take place as well.”

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