Guardian: US healthcare workers protest chaos in hospitals’ vaccine rollout

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Trump lackey Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gets the vaccine. He was one of the privileged Hoaxsters who got in front of the line when his life was truly on the line.

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.

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.

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”.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Graham is one of those “men” that, were he a passenger on the Titanic, would have willingly dressed as a woman in order to alight, and board a lifeboat, which in his case would have been strangely appropriate.

  2. Utterly disgusting, especially for Graham, who blatantly tried to overturn the Georgia presidential vote.
    From Allison, DC Report @Raw Story, “Lindsey Graham’s race in South Carolina was so tight that he infamously begged for money, yet he won with a comfortable 10% lead—tabulated on ES&S machines throughout the state”. “Maybe the polls didn’t actually get it wrong”.
    “When Trump says “look over here” at Dominion voting machines, maybe we should look at ES&S machines instead. When Republicans spout unfounded claims that Democrats stole the election, maybe we should be looking at Republican vote totals instead. And when Trump calls this the most fraudulent election in our history, maybe he knows of he speaks”.

  3. Don’t these folks know that this was the plan all along? Trump and his inner circle were vaccinated for COVID-19 back in November. That’s why his having come down with it and recovering right before the election was all fakery to garner sympathy from his base.

    The bioweapon COVID-19 was never deployed to build “herd immunity” as it was always about culling herd of useless eaters like the elderly, the already infirm, and especially people of color. If this variant isn’t doing its job, they’ll just go back to the lab and come up with a better one, which apparently they’ve already done in the UK where a new much improved varient was deployed just last week.

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