Doctors argue pro, con in bill to crack down on vaccine 'disinformation'

Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, R-Murrieta, a firefighter and paramedic in Los Angeles County for 30 years, said that “people should be able to discuss medical issues without the state impinging on that.”

“The coronavirus is still a relatively new disease, and the vaccines are relatively new,” he said. “The doctor can decide the best course of treatment and shouldn’t fear that a recommendation will be deemed ‘disinformation.’”

Assembly Bill 2098 would empower the California Medical Board to initiate investigations whenever there’s evidence that a physician’s COVID treatment decisions have “departed from the applicable standard of care,” and the practitioner has engaged in vaccine “disinformation” or “misinformation,” loosely defined as breaking from “contemporary scientific consensus,” putting a patient at risk.