Maskless GOP big shots who called COVID a hoax have now had their shots while aging vets, and high risk minorities are told “9 months, maybe more…”
- Key personnel miss out on first wave of life-saving shots
- Stanford doctors speak out on behalf of frontline staff
Frontline healthcare workers saw their hopes dashed last week when a botched algorithm, crashing scheduling platforms and other logistical mishaps thwarted their efforts to be among the first in the US to receive a long-awaited coronavirus vaccine.
There is an enormous protest going on at Stanford
Hospital carried out by staff, who are enraged by the decision by hospital execs to give themselves the covid vaccine and other powerful administrators who are AT HOME before giving it to nurses and physicians 1/2 pic.twitter.com/x7b6XbVeMk
— Louie G 🇩🇪🇲🇽🇺🇲 (@LouGarza86) December 18, 2020
Amid a surge in infections overwhelming hospitals around the US, doctors were incensed by administrative failures that denied access to the potentially life-saving shots, even as they volunteered to work in intensive care units or looked after the critically ill.
Here's GOP, who called Covid a hoax, didn't wear facemasks or social distance, encouraged protests against stay at home orders, went on Fox News and called Dr. Fauci a liar, and traveled the country infecting people, lining up to get the vaccine before nurses & doctors😠#Fuckers pic.twitter.com/hf3nCh22HW
— LA Resists 🌊 (@LALewman) December 20, 2020
Christine Santiago is an internal medicine resident with Stanford Health Care in California, where ICU availability is at 2% statewide.
“I think that there’s a sense of disappointment in not really being considered,” she said, “despite sort of being held up as like, you know, ‘healthcare heroes’, and being on the frontlines.
“Maybe it was just words.”
More than 100 Stanford doctors protested on Friday, standing up for respiratory therapists, environmental services workers, nursing staff, residents and fellows who interact with patients. They were unable to lay claim to initial doses of the vaccine, even as they learned that employees doing telehealth from home had nabbed slots.
“Healthcare heroes, support is zero,” the protesters chanted.
Residents – doctors completing their training after medical school – were especially frustrated because they were being asked to volunteer for the Covid ICU but Stanford’s algorithm was not prioritizing them for vaccination.
Ronald Witteles, program director at Stanford’s internal medicine residency program, tweeted that the vaccine rollout “was an absolute mess” and “one of the most upsetting 24 hours I have ever experienced”.