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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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As the State of California moves to speed up the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, that will help expand the state's vaccination administration capacity by safeguarding physicians and other health care professionals who administer vaccinations.The order, which was sought by CMA, confirms that all COVID-19 vaccination efforts, whether administered through a private practice or public effort...
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| Categories: Vaccine, Liability, Professional Liability
Yes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also issued a declaration that provides immunity from suit and liability under state and federal law for certain actions in relation to COVID-19.The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, Public Law 109-148, Div. C, § 2 (2005) (PREP Act), as amended, authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to limit legal liability for losses relating to the administration of medical countermeasures.HHS Declar...
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| Categories: Professional Liability, Vaccine, Liability
Under California law, physicians are generally immune from liability for injuries stemming from medical care and treatment rendered during any state of emergency, or a local emergency, at the express or implied request of any responsible state or local official or agency. This immunity applies both to California-licensed physicians and physicians licensed in another state, as well as to certain other health providers, including respiratory care practitioners and nurses. Note that this immunity d...
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| Categories: Professional Liability, Vaccine, Liability
Generally, yes. California and federal law currently provide a broad base of liability protection for physicians and other health care providers during a state of emergency. Under California law, physicians are generally immune from liability for injuries stemming from medical care and treatment rendered during a state of emergency.
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| Categories: Professional Liability, Physician Volunteers

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