The Court of Protection recently heard the first case involving a care home resident and the covid-19 vaccination roll out. In Re E (Vaccine): LB Hammersmith and Fulham v W [2021] EWCOP 7, the son of 80-year-old care home resident Mrs E, who was suffering from dementia, schizophrenia and type II diabetes, objected to her receiving a vaccination.

Several other residents of that care home had tested positive – a situation made worse by the inability of patients suffering from advanced dementia to recognise any meaningful social distancing rules or other infection control measures. 

The case brought into clear focus the life-changing decisions being made by healthcare professionals during this pandemic and th...

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