Vaccination and Immunization Resources
On December 2, 2019, the Canadian Chiropractic Association updated its vaccination and immunization position statement.
Vaccination is not within the scope of chiropractic practice in Canada. Notwithstanding, the Canadian Chiropractic Association recognizes that vaccination is a safe and effective public health practice for the prevention of infectious diseases. Members are encouraged to refer all patient questions, consultation and education regarding immunization and vaccinations to the appropriate public health authorities and/or health professional whose scope of practice includes vaccination.
As a key player in Canada’s healthcare system, this update is important for us to support efforts to address growing vaccine hesitancy. Further, to achieve our vision that “chiropractors will be an integral part of every Canadian’s healthcare team by 2023”, we need to be a trusted and respected profession acting in the best interests of the health of our patients and all Canadians.
The main change is that the CCA recognizes that vaccination and immunization are safe and effective public health practices for the prevention of infectious diseases. This change is important for us because chiropractors are one of Canada’s largest primary contact health professionals and we play an important role in Canada’s healthcare system. The updated statement does not require that you take further action and does not contradict your provincial regulatory frameworks.
This new position statement is the result of months of careful preparation. We consulted with chiropractic leaders at the April 2019 Presidents’ Meeting, as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada. We reviewed the provincial regulatory landscape and shared a draft statement with regulators and other key stakeholders. The Board of Directors approved the new position statement at our meeting in September 2019.
An important part of this journey was our collaboration with the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam. Her office contacted the CCA earlier this year to engage us on vaccine hesitancy and the re-emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles (see her statement from March 2019). She also addressed our Presidents’ Meeting on November 22. We look forward to an ongoing, mutually respectful relationship going forward.
If you are asked for information on vaccination or immunization, continue to refer questions, consultations and education to healthcare professionals whose scope includes these matters or to Government of Canada information, resources at Immunize Canada or the Canadian Paediatric Society.
For additional details on the statement and how to talk about it, please read:
- Questions and answers
- Guidelines – Before You Post on Social Media
- CCA Chair Dr. Gerald Olin’s article on vaccination and immunization from Issue 18 of BACK Matters
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Membership team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-585-7902 or toll-free 1-877-222-9303, ext. 397.