Case Law

Best interests, Covid-19 vaccination and patient refusal: SS v Richmond London Borough Council [2021] EWCOP 31

Two signs saying 'vaccinate' and 'refuse' Photo: M-SUR/AdobeStock


By Tim Spencer-Lane Introduction Where a person lacks capacity to consent, deciding whether the Covid-19 vaccine is in their best interests may not be straightforward. On the one hand, the government’s Mental Capacity Act Covid-19 guidance sets out that best interests decision makers “may want to consider the benefits of vaccines to the individual’s health […]

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