CA Medical Board Warns Physicians Against Inappropriate Mask Exemptions

On Thursday, the Medical Board of California (MBC) notified all physician licensees and the public that a physician who grants a mask or other exemption without conducting an appropriate prior examination and without finding a legitimate medical reason supporting such an exemption within the standard of care may be subject to disciplinary action by the State of California.

The move by the MBC comes as K-12 schools statewide begin the new school year and state school guidance requires masking, regardless of vaccination status, with limited exemptions. The MBC encourages Californians to file a complaint with the Board if they feel that a physician is granting mask exemptions inappropriately.

Additional information from the MBC is available here. A statement on the notification from the California Medical Association (CMA) is available here.