Understanding the Covid-19 vaccine strategy

Thursday 28 January 2021

This webinar aimed to help psychiatrists and other frontline healthcare workers understand some of the thinking behind the vaccine roll-out and the key issues to consider when offering the vaccine to those with a severe mental illness, intellectual disability and/or dementia.

Topics covered

  • Overview of the vaccination programme
  • Insight into how decisions should be made about the administering of vaccines
  • Discussion around some of the ways capacity to consent has been addressed with patients


  • Dr Adrian James - President of Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Dr Jonathan Leach OBE - NHS England Medical Director for COVID-19 Immunisation
  • Mr Alex Ruck Keene - Barrister and Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College London
  • Dr Mani Krishnan - Chair of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Dr Ken Courtenay - Chair of the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability
  • Dr Victoria Sullivan - Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Each of the speakers gave a short presentation on their area of expertise and this was then followed by a Q&A from the audience, which was chaired by Adrian James.

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