- It is understood that the vaccine will be provided to aged care and disability facilities by a specialist care team who will also monitor for side effects. As such, the usual contact that the medical treatment decision maker has with GPs may not be relevant in the vaccine rollout.
- Hospitals are expected to use their own resources for the administration of the vaccine.
- Known risks/side effects of the vaccine:
- Common: fatigue, fever, headache, aching limbs/muscle weakness, which should subside over a few days
- Rare but documented: allergic reactions and anaphylaxis.
If you are the medical treatment decision maker making a decision on behalf of the patient, be aware that if you have consented to the treatment but, on the day, the patient is unable to cooperate with the person administering the vaccine, the vaccine may not be administered.
In making your decision consider:
- what are the patient’s values about COVID-19
- what are the patient’s preferences and values about a COVID-19 vaccine
- what are the patient’s preferences and values about vaccinations in general
- what are the patient’s preferences and values about injections (for example, if the patient has a fear of needles, they may be about the form of administration of the vaccine, rather than its purpose and effect)
- has the patient consented or refused other vaccinations in the past; has the patient suffered any side effects to vaccinations in the past; if a previous vaccination has been administered as routine treatment (and, therefore, the patient’s consent was not required), was the patient accepting of this/opposed to this
- what are the patient’s preferences and values about their health and medical treatment in general and how this might inform their thoughts about the vaccine.