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Connecticut Physician License Suspended for Providing Signed and Blank Covid-19 Waiver Forms, Health Department Says

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Mcintosh provided signed medical exemption forms for vaccines and masks, and told people they could copy and distribute the signed forms to anyone, according to documents in the Connecticut Medical Examining Board’s meeting agenda. Mcintosh sent instructions to people who requested the forms, according to the documents, saying “Keep blank copies for yourself for future use,” and, “let freedom ring!”

CNN has reached out to Mcintosh for comment. Anonymous tip to the health department

According to the DPH release, “an exemption calls for a clinical assessment of the patient’s condition to determine if a vaccination poses a risk to the patient’s health.” The Department of Public Health received an anonymous complaint in July alleging Mcintosh’s misconduct.

Juthani said the signed exemption forms from Mcintosh are invalid. They include forms she provided to people who work in long-term care, in schools or for the state who were seeking medical exemptions. “These actions by Dr. Mcintosh are irresponsible and unacceptable,” said Dr. Manisha Juthani, Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health, in a statement. “Her practice of medicine represents a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety of our communities.”

In September, an investigator for the department mailed a self-addressed envelope to the doctor with his home address. The envelope was sent back with four forms authorizing exemptions for face masks, Covid vaccines, Covid testing and vaccines in general, plus instructions, according to the documents. The anonymous complaint said “all one must do is send a self addressed stamped manila envelope to her address for every person you would like an exemption for and she will mail signed documentation for you to fill out ‘certifying’ an allergy,” according to the Medical Examining Board’s documents.

In August, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that he had issued an executive “requiring that all Connecticut state employees and staff of all childcare facilities and preK-12 schools statewide must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 27,” according to a news release. “Those who do not get vaccinated due to certain exemptions will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. However, state hospital and long-term care employees will not have the option of being tested in lieu of vaccination,” the release said. Mcintosh’s license to practice as a physician in Connecticut is suspended pending the board’s final determination about the allegations, the health department’s news release said.

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