Doctors at a South Florida hospital have walked out on their duties to treat sick patients to do a publicity stunt because a number of the patients are unvaccinated for Covid-19.
“Just moments ago, more than 75 doctors staged a walkout to protest the number of Covid patients coming to the hospitals who have not been vaccinated,” Joe Scarborough said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday.
The Morning Joe crew then went to Jerry Sanders live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida at the doctor’s walkout.
“What Americans don’t understand is for every unvaccinated person that is filling up an ICU bed, that means, with the hospitals jammed, somebody with a heart attack, and I’ve known somebody in this position, goes there, has trouble getting in, can’t get treatment, can’t get a bed, it is a nightmare for the doctors, it is a nightmare for the nurses,” Scarborough said. “And to the doctor’s point-of-view, it’s worse yet for sick people that want help from them.”
“That is truly reflective of the frustration that you see behind me and these doctors have gathered, some coming off their shift to come out here, gathering to try to tell people, ‘please, first of all, ignore the nonsense and the absurdities you are hearing people say at public meetings’,” Sanders said. “And recognize the value of what a vaccine will do.”
“85% of the ICU beds in Florida are full,” Sanders claimed. “Now, there are some hospitals that have no space in the ICU. They’ve turned cafeterias, they’ve turned conference centers, over to beds to house patients, because they are so overwhelmed, ” Sanders said.
One of the doctors, Dr. J.T. Snarski, joined MSNBC for the interview.
“First of all, you hear that woman at the school board saying the absurdity, how does that make you feel?” Sanders asked. “And how do you combat it?”
“It’s incredibly frustrating,” Dr. Snarski said. “Because we know vaccines are safe and effective. And it’s people who go out and talk against them that really go against physicians and medicine and science. And it’s not the message we want to get across to people. Vaccines are safe and we need to get our communities vaccinated.”
The surge in Covid-related cases, hospitalizations and mortality rates in Florida is coming amidst a vaccination rate of 66% for those over the age of 12.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently discussed the Florida Covid resurgence in an interview. DeSantis said ‘hospitalizations will decline,’ reiterating his view that ‘the virus that causes COVID-19 is seasonal.’ DeSantis said that 85 percent of seniors over the age of 65 had gotten the Covid-19 vaccines and said that is leading to lower mortality rates.
“This is helping reduce dramatically, mortality, particularly among our most vulnerable residents,” he said. “You can still test positive, I think we’re seeing that. But at the end of the day, really turning this in from something that was much more threatening to say, a senior citizen, to something that is more manageable. That’s a huge, huge thing.”
There is certainly no lack of public information on the ability of Covid-19 vaccines to reduce the severity of symptoms, although the CDC has said that it does not stop the spread of the virus.
But it certainly doesn’t help to build public trust to see doctors walk out on their hospital shifts to talk to politically biased news outlets like MSNBC. It doesn’t exactly send the message to patients that ‘we care.’
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