Uncoerced informed consent to a medical procedure is both a human right and medical ethics in a civilized society.

Informed Choice WA is pro-Informed Consent.

On July 19, 2018, the WA State Department of Health (DOH) Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) meeting included guest speaker Dr. Doug Opel.  He advised the Committee on the use of “nudging” and “presumptive language” to overcome “vaccine hesitancy” in order to increase vaccine uptake. The DOH intends to disseminate these methods to healthcare providers.

Informed Choice WA opposes any psychological manipulation methods that override informed consent and disrupt doctor-patient relationship.

Informed Choice WA Board members’ public comment during the July 19, 2018 VAC meeting:

 

Given that the main subject of the July 19th VAC meeting was tacit tactics of increasing vaccine uptake, Informed Choice WA submitted a written request to the VAC Chair Dr. Kathy Lofy that the Committee members declare any financial or other incentive, award, or reward they receive—for themselves personally or the offices or businesses with which they work—for maintaining or raising vaccination quotas in their line of work or professional associations, as this poses a potential conflict of interest with adopting Dr. Opel’s recommendations. The Chair declined to read our request to the Committee.

 

 

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