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FOI 997 - Covid-19 Booster Vaccination - Legal Mandate


Information Requested:

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the legal basis that requires me to wear a mask and/or present an exemption certificate to any non competent person in order to obtain a vaccination. Also, please provide the legal basis that would override the basis of ‘informed consent’ prior to receiving vaccination.


Information provided for the answer:

Thank you for your recent request dated 23rd October 2022.

Policy decisions for wearing masks at vaccination appointments are made by Welsh Government, you can contact them here Requesting information from the Welsh Government (FOI requests) | GOV.WALES

There is no legal basis that overrides consent for receiving a vaccination, if a person feels they do not have sufficient information and do not wish to consent to the vaccine they do not have to have it.


If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of the decision, you should write to the Corporate Complaints Manager, Public Health Wales NHS Trust, 3, Number 2, Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner for Wales
2nd Floor
Churchill House
Churchill Way
CF10 2HH

Telephone: 029 2067 8400