Legal responsibility of vaccinating doctor

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Legal responsibility of vaccinating doctor

Paolo Emilio Santoro, Ivan Borrelli, Marco Marazza, Stefania Boccia, Walter Ricciardi, Umberto Moscato, Flavia Beccia, Carlotta Amantea, Maria Francesca Rossi, Alessandra Daniele

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Abstract

LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY OF VACCINATING DOCTOR. The legal responsibility of the vaccinating doctor is one of the central issues in the current setting of the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim of this statement is to outline the profiles of the medical legal liability, with a focus on the figure of the vaccinating physician, in criminal, civil, and disciplinary terms, based on the Italian legislation in force. The vaccinating doctor responds for his work in the field of vaccination in the same way as any other health service should perform (diagnostic, therapeutic, etc.). Helpful in this context is the adoption of the L. 76/2021; it was developed to find a balance between safeguarding the person privacy and greater guarantees for the doctor. This law introduces a criminal shield that can put a limit to litigation, curbing the phenomenon of so-called defensive medicine. The climate of uncertainty and fear of legal repercussions for the doctors, and the constant updating and redefinition of the indications of operability in the vaccination campaigns, underline the need to focus on the knowledge of the responsibilities and the safeguard of the vaccinating doctors. In addition to the regulatory cornerstones, the statement also addresses the issue of informed consent and the role of the occupational doctor as a central figure in the vaccination campaign in the workplace.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Legal responsibility of vaccinating doctor
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Volume43
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • Informed consent
  • Medical responsibility
  • Vaccinating doctor
  • Vaccines

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