MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Swiss Canton Zug – news in German
Dear Sir or Madam
As part of an existing adult protection measure, you represent a person in the field of health.
The supervisory and licensing authority Swissmedic has approved a vaccine. In the canton of Zug, preparations for the corona vaccination are in full swing. With regard to persons who are not capable of judgment, questions arise in this regard, which we would like to clarify below.
Vaccinations represent an encroachment on the integrity of the client and are only permitted with the consent of the competent person concerned. Conversely, this means that people who are incapable of judgment can no longer give this consent, but this does not mean that all persons who are represented in the health sector are also incapacitated in this regard. This has to be checked in each individual case.
There are two constellations:
If a person is supported in the area of health, but has judgment in this regard, they can decide for themselves whether they want to have the Covid-19 vaccination or not, there is no compulsory vaccination.
If a person has provided support in the area of health and is incapable of judgment in this regard, they must be represented by the support person on the question of whether or not to have a vaccination. The representative authorized to represent must decide on the medical measures to be taken based on the presumed will of the incapacitated person (in particular previous expressions of will or values) and the objective interests. First and foremost, it must be checked whether a living will is available and whether statements regarding vaccinations have been made in it. If the person providing support has not expressly spoken out against vaccinations, the doctor informs the authorized representative of all circumstances that are essential with regard to the planned medical measures. Specifically, the treating physician has a comprehensive duty to inform, whereby the individual benefits of the Covid-19 vaccination as well as the respective risks must be weighed, taking into account any previous illnesses or the current state of health. The counselor can contact the relatives, but his decision-making is not affected by such a consultation. In summary, it can be stated that the decision to carry out or not carry out a Covid 19 vaccination rests with the authorized representative, taking into account the above statements.
Thank you for taking note of. If you have any questions, you can contact the priMa office of the Canton of Zug during normal office hours from January 4, 2021 (041 723 79 79)
We wish you the best of health.
With kind regards
Child and Adult Protection Authority
Mario Häfliger, President
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.