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An Alabama doctor is refusing to see patients unvaccinated against Covid-19. Can he?

HuffPost, Aug. 19, 201

August 19, 2021

An Alabama doctor is refusing to see patients unvaccinated against Covid-19. Can he?

Aaron Kheriaty, [associate clinical] professor of psychiatry at the University of California Irvine and director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health, says [Dr. Jason] Valentine’s decision indicates a loss of professional and ethical bearings and constitutes abandonment of his patients. … “Doctors try to help patients be responsible for their health, and we try to persuade them to make healthy decisions, to be sure; but we don’t abandon them when they make medical or health-related decisions that we don’t condone,” he said. “Doctors treat the sick because they are sick, and simply because they are a fellow human being in need of care; we do not blame the sick for their plight.”