(ETH) – The Federation of State Medical Boards under president and CEO Humayun Chaudhry sent out a statement last week threatening doctors that they may lose their medical licenses if they spread “misinformation” about covid vaccines.
According to Information Liberation, From ¨The Federation of State Medical Boards warned July 29 that physicians and other healthcare professionals could be at risk of losing their medical licenses if they spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on social media, online, and in the media.
FSMB, a nonprofit that represents all U.S. state medical boards, said any clinicians who create or spread vaccine misinformation or disinformation risk disciplinary action by state medical boards, including suspension or revocation of their medical license, according to a statement emailed to Becker’s Hospital Review.
According to Newson6, “It comes down to that very simple thing, are you willing to take that chance and if you are, that is your decision and as a physician, I have to honor it,” Dr, Michael Ward said. Dr. Michael Ward is a Family Practice Doctor at Utica Park Clinic in Glenpool.
“It’s usually people that have a lot of more issues like they are obese, they have heart disease, they have diabetes. That is an example of how people receive information and say ‘geez, if I get a vaccine, it’s not going to save me,” Dr. Ward said. Dr. Ward said those with breakthrough cases have been shown to rarely end up at the hospital, and even fatal outcomes are less than one percent.
He said the best way to learn about vaccines is to talk to your doctor. “The disinformation received by the public has literally many people vaccine-hesitant,” Dr. Ward said. Since the vaccines are currently under emergency FDA authorization, Dr. Ward believes full approval will help discourage false information.
MedPage Today stated: “Physicians who willfully generate and spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation or disinformation are risking disciplinary action by state medical boards, including the suspension or revocation of their medical license. Due to their specialized knowledge and training, licensed physicians possess a high degree of public trust and therefore have a powerful platform in society, whether they recognize it or not.
They also have an ethical and professional responsibility to practice medicine in the best interests of their patients and must share information that is factual, scientifically grounded, and consensus-driven for the betterment of public health. Spreading inaccurate COVID-19 vaccine information contradicts that responsibility threatens to further erode public trust in the medical profession and puts all patients at risk.”