There is no doubt that the COVID-19 vaccine has stirred up great controversy, especially when it comes to mandatory vaccination policies that many companies and organizations have put in place. Regardless of which side of the fence a person sits on, it is important for every medical professional to realize that they are held to higher standards than the general public. A Wisconsin physician who recently had his medical license suspended for falsifying vaccine records is a good example of what can happen when a doctor fails to uphold the standards set forth by the state.
The 64-year-old doctor practices family medicine in Green Bay. According to the allegations leveled at him by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, in May or June of 2021, while at the clinic he worked, the doctor accessed the Wisconsin Immunization Registry using a medical assistant’s credentials to log into the site. He then entered information stating that he, his wife, and his children had all received the COVID-19 vaccine at his practice. Neither the doctor nor his wife and children had actually been vaccinated.
In January of last year, the clinic found a false report. When confronted by officials, the doctor stated that he was against vaccine mandates for hospitals. He resigned from the clinic in February.
Last month, the state suspended his license for 30 days. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,062 and complete a three-hour professional ethics course. In its decision, the board wrote that the doctor, “engaged in unprofessional conduct … by knowingly, negligently, or recklessly making any false statement, written or oral, in the practice of medicine and surgery which creates an unacceptable risk of harm to a patient, the public, or both.”
Any falsifying of medical records can result in significant repercussions for the medical professional involved. In 2019, a class action lawsuit was filed when it was revealed that one Illinois pediatrician had spent more than a decade falsifying medical records or giving fake vaccinations, resulting in hundreds of children not actually receiving mandatory vaccines, but their health records saying they had. In some cases, this was done at the parents’ request, however, many other parents had no idea.
Investigators say the would have faced serious legal issues, including criminal, however, he committed suicide before any charges could be filed.
Contact a Cook County Professional License Defense Attorney
Everyone has the right to their own beliefs, however, if those beliefs interfere with your medical license and you are facing potential action by the state, you need a skilled Chicago medical license defense attorney advocating for you. Call Williams & Nickl, LLC at 312-335-9470 to schedule a confidential consultation.