Stoller's Attorney, Richard Jaffe: 'He’s a medical doctor giving advice to patients.” Jaffe said his client’s actions don’t run afoul of California law because of the way it was written to allow physicians “to use medical exemptions broader than what the CDC” advises, and pointed to genetic testing, such as 23andMe, as a tool that could inform doctors’ decisions about whether a vaccine is safe for a child. “We have things like genetic testing. You use that; doctors could exercise their discretion.”
The subpoena comes amid concerns about low vaccination rates and measles outbreaks, a resurgence that has been blamed on lagging vaccination rates and misinformation, AP reports, despite scientific consensus that avoiding vaccines poses grave risks and that immunizations are safe except in rare cases. Jaffe said he’s “skeptical” the city attorney has the right to Stoller’s patient records.