The Health Ministry reminded doctors of the importance of respecting the vaccine exception letter and will not issue a pass, says a doctor.
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“Doctors always work professionally and we do not issue medical certificates for convenience,” said Dr. Sylvain Dion, vice president of the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ), on air on LCN.
The difficulty for a physician to assess the severity of his patient’s risks is that he must base his experience on what his patient has to say.
“It is not always easy to evaluate the patients who consult for a medical certificate. It is true that for us as a clinician, we rely on what they tell us ”, explained the practitioner.
In the case of patients or workers who refuse to be vaccinated, there are very clear rules about the reasons that constitute an exception.
“The recognized contraindications to vaccination are: severe reactions during the first doses, or even diseases, particularly in platelets, which constitute risks of thrombosis,” explained Dr. Dion.
The efficacy of the vaccine is now proven and the doctors will not be pleased.
“Other than that, there is no other contraindication, we know very well that vaccination outweighs the risks associated with patients who are not vaccinated,” he said for follow-up.
“If there is a misinformation problem that the patient may have, we need to educate, and let our patients know, because there is misinformation circulating,” Dr. Dion said first.
High vaccine anxiety could be taken into account, but will never lead to long-term medical certificates.
“On the other hand, if the patient describes important symptoms to us, we will evaluate them based on their merits, but patients should know that we cannot give them sick leave that will last for months, when we know that COVID will be in our daily life for many years without a doubt, ”he continued.
“If there are several symptoms that justify a work stoppage, we can do it, but it is part of a medical follow-up, where we will follow our patient again,” he concluded.
Watch the full interview with Dr. Dion in the video above.