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Regulations Governing the Practice of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatry, and Chiropractic [18 VAC 85 ‑ 20]
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4/13/22  8:22 am
Commenter: Mark Bodzislaw

In Opposition to Petition #362

I have recently been informed of a petition to the Virginia Board of Medicine, Petition #362 "Prohibition of requirements for mask wearing, receipt of vaccines, and disclosure of vaccine status to receive medical care". 

I object to passing this petition in that: 

I oppose any regulation which would forbid health care providers from following health department and CDC guidance.

I oppose regulations which would make it impossible for health care providers to do everything they can to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.

I oppose regulations which would undermine access to health care for immune-compromised patients or those with comorbidities.

I oppose regulations which would make it impossible for health care providers to choose not to treat patients who will not share their full health histories.

In summary, I believe the passage of this petition would potentially hurt the medical profession by endangering those who might need protection. The use of masks, as well as the efficacy of the COVID-19 and other vaccines, has been shown to provide additional protection, especially to those most vulnerable. 
With respect, I ask that you please strongly consider the ramifications of allowing this petition to pass and object to such action.
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