Regional Immunization Manual

Competency #14: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Immunization

Competency: Acts in accordance with legal and high ethical standards in all aspects of immunization practice.

  • The health professional will be able to perform the following:
  • Discuss the implications of basic ethical principles, including individual’s right, confidentiality, privacy, informed consent, and informed refusal.
  • Describe the legal requirements relevant to immunization administration, documentation, recording, and reporting.
  • Describe the legal requirements in the province/territory of immunization practice that relate to immunization status and exclusion from daycare, school, workplace, or other settings.
  • Identify his/her own professional scope of practice as it relates to immunization (jurisdiction, organization,practice setting – institutions, etc.).
  • Discuss the ethical issues arising from:
  • - mandatory versus voluntary immunization; and
  • - targeted versus universal immunization.
  • Discuss the responsibility of health professionals to inform patients regarding the availability of all recommended vaccines regardless of whether they are publicly funded or not.
  • Describe the ethical implications when a provider’s beliefs conflict with evidence-based recommendations for immunization.

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