Department of Health News Release: Falsifying vaccine cards or exemptions may result in disciplinary action

Developmental Disabilities Administration

December 9, 2021

The Department of Health news release

Falsifying vaccine cards or exemptions may result in disciplinary action

The Department of Health (DOH) believes that credential holders have a professional obligation to educate and inform their patients about COVID-19 based on science and verifiable fact. When health care professionals provide medically inaccurate information to their patients it erodes patient trust in the health care system.

DOH and its boards and commissions review all complaints about health care providers who grant COVID-19 vaccination or mask exemptions that are not based in established science or verifiable fact. Practitioners who falsify a COVID-19 vaccination card or grant a vaccine or mask exemption without conducting an appropriate exam, and without finding a legitimate medical reason supporting such an exemption within the standard of care, may subject themselves to disciplinary action up to and including suspension of their license.

Individuals are encouraged to file a complaint if they believe a health care professional is issuing COVID-19 vaccination cards or exemptions inappropriately, or if they feel their health care provider is providing medically inaccurate information about COVID-19 to patients. Please include as much information as possible when filing a complaint, including the names of affected patients. Anonymous complaints that do not include information about specific patients may not be able to be investigated.

For more information about COVID-19, including our vaccine locator, please visit the DOH COVID-19 website or the official State of Washington COVID-19 website. Other resources include the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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