There are good ones at Stanford
Friday December 18th 2020, 11:10 pm
Filed under: History,Life,Politics

A dear friend is an attending physician at Stanford and was just offered the Pfizer vaccine.

He has talked about its jaw-dropping success.

He turned it down. Oh yes he absolutely wants it as much as anybody and to protect his wife and kids and he thinks the FDA should have approved those first two vaccines sooner.

But there is such a thing as ethics. He is not on the front lines dealing with covid patients. He’s dealing with a lack of beds for his patients, sure, but he is not directly exposed day in day out one-on-one to a monstrous rush of ferociously infectious people needing so much care and the constant extra shifts and the pressure and the intense grief and lack of sleep and even more exposure.

The residents, the interns, the nurses and the janitorial staff in those areas are, and as headlines all over the country pointed out today, some pointy-haired boss allotted all of 17 shots for those thousands of front liners and saved the rest of their first shipment for People Who Matter More Than You. People who were not working with covid patients at all. Some telecommuting only. People who were as safe as any of us can be right now.

When called on it they blamed it on the computer.

Yeah no. Not his turn. Give his to someone who’s putting their life on the line for their patients and then comes back the next day, and the next, and the next, and the next, to do it all over again.

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Good one indeed!

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 12.19.20 @ 7:56 am

Good for him! The mere idea of giving it to anyone else before frontline workers gets it makes the blood boil.

Comment by ccr in MA 12.19.20 @ 11:53 am

I was really happy to hear that the Minnesota Department of health had 4 ethical principles guiding the decision of who would get the vaccines first, knowing the supplies are incredibly limited. It is those folks who are working directly with COVID-19 patients (including support staff, not just doctors and nurses) and folks in long-term care – those most at risk! And the health system I work for is abiding by those guidelines with photos of doctors and nurses getting their shots late this week when the vaccine arrived. I have friends who are on those units. I am a few steps removed (I work in a family medicine clinic) and quite happy to wait my turn.

It is unconscionable that they even thought they should give it to anyone but those working directly with COVID-19 patients. Yuck!!

Comment by wildknits 12.19.20 @ 6:45 pm

I weep with relief, anger, and hope when I see the photos of my daugher and her husband, both of whom see multiple Covid+ patients each shift they work, getting their first dose.

Blessings on this doctor who showed true medical ethics in his decision.

Comment by twinsetellen 12.22.20 @ 5:29 pm

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