MSDC email to members on the COVID vaccine requirements and CME
We know that doctors have been receiving a flurry of emails regarding DC's COVID-related mandates. To help you sift through the mandates and juggle your busy schedules, MSDC has prepared a summary overview with information about the scope of the requirements, who they impact and how to comply.
In summary, the two upcoming requirements are:
1) COVID Vaccination Requirement
"All licensees in the District of Columbia are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 [and] report their vaccine status via [DC Health's] online tool". They must obtain at least a first dose by September 30 (with certain exemptions).
2) COVID CME Requirement
Doctors of Medicine and Osteopathy (and other licensees) "must complete two (2) hours of continuing education on COVID-19 vaccines, including, but not limited to, COVID-19 vaccine safety, best practices for counseling patients about COVID-19 vaccines, and COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness, on or before September 30, 2021."
Unlike the vaccination requirement, there is not a September reporting deadline for this mandate.
Where resources are available?
MSDC is arranging a variety of complimentary CE featuring local physician experts and national leaders from the AMA. Details are coming soon so watch this space! DC Health also has several free options.
What is MSDC doing?
MSDC vigorously opposes content-specific mandates and made a strong statement against the CE mandate. We are continuously updating our website with information you need to know and posting updates to social media.