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Doctors sound alarm over COVID-19 vaccine exemptions: ‘We have ethics’

Doctors sound alarm over COVID-19 vaccine exemptions: ‘We have ethics’
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Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth has spent countless hours trying to convince hesitant patients to get vaccinated against COVID-19 .

“A patient asked if they could be exempted, and there was no medical reason; they just didn’t feel comfortable having the vaccine,” she said.

“I said, ‘No that is not a valid reason to be exempted.’ … it’s very restricted who can be exempted – in fact it’s so exceedingly rare that you have to wonder how any of the people who are getting these exemptions are given the exemption.”

Kaplan-Myrth is one of several health-care professionals expressing shock after the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario barred two doctors last week from providing COVID-19 vaccine, mask and testing exemptions.

As well, a third Ontario doctor also had their exemption abilities restricted late last month.

The provincial regulator issued the interim orders under provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, which allows them to impose restrictions on a member’s licence if it believes their conduct “exposes or is likely to expose patients to harm or injury.”

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“Deliberately providing patients with exemption documentation that does not meet Ministry criteria or providing exemptions to circumvent vaccination mandates could constitute serious misconduct,” they said.

“We take these matters very seriously and, wherever we become aware of allegations, we would take all appropriate steps to investigate.”

Regulators in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Yukon and British Columbia haven’t received any formal complaints.
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