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What is the provider’s liability when using standing order protocols?

While you did not say this explicitly, we assume the concern is about a vaccine injury in a person who was vaccinated using a standing order. Of course, as long as the person is properly screened for contraindications and precautions, an injury from a vaccine is very unlikely. In the event that an injury does occur, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides liability protection for the vaccinator and the clinician who signed the standing order for any vaccine that is covered by the vaccine injury compensation program (all vaccines that are routinely administered to children are covered by the program for all ages of patients). More information about the VICP is available on their website at www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.html.

Last reviewed: December 28, 2022

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