The College of Chiropractors of BC (the College) is concerned that statements made by some registrants at the College’s Annual General Meeting on December 1, 2021 contained inaccurate and misleading information about COVID-19 vaccination.
Regulated health professionals occupy a position of public trust due to their knowledge and training in a specific field of health. Their ethical and professional responsibility is to provide information that is factual, backed by science and directly related to their scope of practice. The prevention and treatment of infectious disease is not within the scope of chiropractic practice, and therefore, chiropractors must not provide any professional advice or counseling to patients in relation to vaccination issues.
As stated in our Policy on Vaccination and Immunization, the College recognizes that immunization through the technique of vaccination is well established and widely mandated in public health policy to protect individuals against infectious disease. We support and commend the efforts of the Provincial Health Officer, the Minister of Health and the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our province.
We await direction from the Provincial Health Officer on mandatory vaccination for a broader group of health professionals that we understand will include chiropractors and their staff. The College will provide more information as it becomes available.