Doctors, who share misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines could face sanctions, the Guyana Medical Council (GMC) warned yesterday.

The council said that physicians who use their position of authority to disparage the COVID-19 vaccination drive are not only “constitutionally unethical, but also unprofessional and dangerous”.

“Medicine is a noble and respected profession. We are all held accountable for our decisions and actions…Any doctor who provides disinformation about the COVID-19 disease and vaccines contradicts our ethical and professional responsibilities. Expertise does matter, as facts outweigh opinions. Our physicians have stayed current in their fields of interest by submitting annual CMEs (continuing medical education) for re-licensure,” the Council said.

It reiterated, “Any doctor who spreads disinformation, misinformation and falsehoods to the public during a time of Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) goes against what we represent. COVID-19 is a potentially lethal illness.”

Guyana currently has over 3,000 active cases of the virus, with more than 700 succumbing to the virus since March 2020.


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