Physician Discipline for Spreading “Misinformation” or “Disinformation” Regarding COVID Vaccines

Oct 8, 2021 | COVID-19 Legal Update

Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners Issues New Policy on Physician Discipline for Spreading COVID-19 Vaccination “Misinformation” or “Disinformation”

The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners adopted a policy on September 21, 2021, that could result in the suspension or revocation of a physician’s license if the Board determines that the physician has generated and spread “misinformation or disinformation” about COVID-19 vaccines.

In the new policy, the Board states that physicians “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.”  Accordingly, the Board takes the position that “[s]preading inaccurate COVID-19 vaccine information contradicts that responsibility, threatens to further erode public trust in the medical profession and puts all patients at risk.” A copy of the policy can be found here.

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