Who can get the Covid-19 vaccine? How can you get the vaccine and how soon will it be offered to you and your loved ones? These are some questions that many of us are discussing with our families and friends right now.
However, another question that needs to be asked is do you (and your loved ones) have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place?
There are 2 types of LPA’s – one for your Property and Financial Affairs and one for your Health & Welfare. The guidance to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty safeguards has recently been updated within the last few weeks in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Under this new guidance, the vaccine will be offered to someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity.
Therefore, if you (or your loved one) was not mentally well enough to consent, then a health care professional would decide what is in your (or your loved ones) best interests and make the decision for you.
The Pandemic has shook the world in many ways and reminded us all that no one knows what’s around the corner. This is just one of the many reasons that it’s so important that you and your loved ones have your affairs (Financial and Health and Welfare) in order. Please contact our Private Client solicitor Suzy Bhaker (on insert tel/email) for more information on making a Lasting Power of Attorney.
Suzy Bhaker, Head of Wills & Probate.