RCGP ‘strongly urges’ health and care staff to have Covid-19 vaccine

Publication date: 03 March 2021

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs and our teams - and colleagues across the NHS - are working hard to vaccinate as many people as possible to protect them from Covid-19. We’ve already vaccinated more than 20m people – 75% of which have been delivered in general practice in England - and whilst overall take up is high, amongst groups where it is not, this needs to be identified, understood and addressed.

“We would strongly urge all health and care professionals to have the Covid-19 vaccine, unless there is a medical reason why they shouldn’t, and the vast majority have. Healthcare professionals are at high-risk of contracting Covid-19 and getting vaccinated will help protect themselves, their colleagues and their patients. However, we don’t agree with making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory as informed and educated choice about health interventions would be more beneficial long-term than enforcing them, which risks leading to resentment and mistrust.

“The Covid-19 vaccine is our most important tool in protecting people from the virus, and helping to get life back to normal. Both vaccines that we’re currently using in the UK have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they are safe and effective - as such, we’d urge anyone who is offered a jab to have one.”

Further Information

RCGP Press office – 020 3188 7633/7494/7574

Out of hours: 0203 188 7659 


Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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