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South Florida Physician Says She Will Not See Unvaccinated Patients

A doctor in Miami has advised her sufferers that she is not going to deal with them if they continue to be unvaccinated towards COVID-19 beginning later this month.

Doctors and nurses in coronavirus scorching spots across the nation have been grappling with the stress of treating a barrage of preventable instances, given that almost all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are occurring within the unvaccinated.

Dr. Linda Marraccini, who runs a major care apply, cited the effectiveness of the three vaccines at the moment obtainable within the U.S. and the large pressure that unvaccinated COVID-19 sufferers are placing on the Florida well being care system in an e mail to her sufferers, which was published by NBCMiami. 

More business institutions are requiring individuals who enter to point out proof of vaccination after the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine in late August. There are often exceptions to these necessities for spiritual or medical issues ― though Marraccini cast doubt on the prevalence of medical exemptions. 

“In our practice we find almost no one that cannot take one of the vaccines for medical reasons,” Marraccini wrote. 

“This is a public health emergency ― the health of the public takes priority over the rights of any given individual in this situation. It appears that there is a lack of selflessness and concern for the burden on the health and well-being of our society from our encounters,” learn her e mail. HuffPost was not capable of attain Marraccini’s office by telephone. 

Although Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has stated that he goals to fantastic faculties, companies and authorities businesses $5,000 for mandating COVID-19 vaccination, a medical apply like Marraccini’s wouldn’t be amongst them. A spokesperson for DeSantis told The Washington Post that the governor’s office doesn’t “endorse or agree with” the physician’s resolution ― calling it “a type of discrimination” ― however stated it doesn’t break the legislation. DeSantis’s office didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark. 

Patients might want to have no less than one vaccine dose by Sept. 15 to proceed receiving companies at Marraccini’s office. She stated she would deal with unvaccinated sufferers for one month ― however solely remotely ― whereas they search for a brand new doctor.

Marraccini additionally addressed some misconceptions in regards to the vaccine and obtainable COVID-19 therapies in her notice to sufferers. 

“Smallpox and Polio were not eradicated by herd immunity ― they were essentially eliminated by universal vaccination,” she stated. “Smallpox was eradicated by mandatory immunization. It is possible we may never reach herd immunity if vaccine resistance (continued mutations) continues.”

Over the final month, new coronavirus instances and deaths in Florida reached their highest peak because the pandemic started, though they now look like declining as soon as once more. Hospital workers and well being care resources have been stretched to the brink as COVID-19 sufferers ― largely unvaccinated ones ― fill beds that individuals with different critical circumstances want as properly.

Mary Mayhew, president of the Florida Hospital Association, told PBS late last month that the toll the COVID-19 disaster has taken on hospital workers could also be inflicting post-traumatic stress dysfunction. 

“The physical and mental exhaustion that our nurses and our staff have been under, when you’re dealing with patients who are lining the halls on stretchers, when you are having to find a hospital in some other part of the state that can take a patient, and you’re calling day in and day out to find those beds,” Mayhew stated. 

In August, Dr. Jason Valentine ― a physician specializing in household drugs on the Infirmary Health Diagnostic and Medical Clinic in Saraland, Alabama ― made comparable headlines for notifying sufferers he wouldn’t see them till they acquired their coronavirus photographs. 

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