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Secretary Watson sends concerns to MS Board of Medical Licensure on recently adopted Covid-19 policy

By: Sarah Ulmer - September 17, 2021

The board’s “Medical misinformation and disinformation policy” was passed on September with scrutiny of an overreach of authority.

Secretary of State Michael Watson spoke out on Thursday regarding the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure’s decision to potentially revoke physicians licensure if they feel they are providing “misinformation” regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

Watson shared his opinion that he believes Mississippi doctors should be able to “provide their honest medical opinions without fear of retaliation from a licensing board.”

He continued in the letter that while he supports the medical professions combat of Covid-19 he feels this policy decision could have negative impacts due to its vagueness and could set a precedent of overreach of authority.

He plans to speak with Board Director Dr. Cleveland in the coming days to discuss what he characterized as a troubling policy.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: