miami – A Florida doctor has stopped receiving patients who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 in his office, as a precaution against the risk of contagion in a state that only last August. was responsible for more than 6,600 deaths related to the coronavirus in the U.S.
“This is an emergency health problem” and public health has a “priority over the rights of any person in this situation”.the doctor said Linda Marrasini In the letter he sent to inform his patients that he would only attend consultations of those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, those who have not been vaccinated will be given the option of video-consultation care.
Marraccini’s decision has angered some Twitter users who Qualify as “embarrassing” that the family doctor tells unvaccinated patients to “find another doctor” if they want to be treated in their office.
But the Miami doctor says that, “A global health problem and community” such as this pandemic, a clear line is drawn when it comes to protecting others.
In the letter, the doctor told all her patients that, starting September 15, she would no longer visit those who have not been vaccinated.
Florida has registered, for weeks in a row, record numbers in hospitalizations, infections and deaths since August, according to the Florida Hospital Association (FHA), although the number of hospitalizations has been falling progressively and was 13,292 today, compared to Monday. To this it was 13,451. English).
But more than 6,600 people died of COVID-19 in Florida in August, an average of more than 213 deaths per day and the deadliest month since the pandemic began in March 2020.
By comparison, the state which saw 5,186 deaths from the coronavirus in August 2020 is now wreaking havoc with the spread of the more contagious Delta variant.
Although the absolute vaccination rate in Florida reaches 64% of the population, the death toll is much higher, with a total of 46,973 deaths from the coronavirus and 3,354,836, according to the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) are infected.
As for the positivity rate, it fell to 15.2% last Friday, the lowest since mid-July.
Marraccini says his decision is based on science and that he aims to prevent other patients and his office workers from taking unnecessary risks to themselves.
He stressed that this personal decision does not violate the Hippocratic Oath, to which doctors are obliged, as it provides the option of video consultation, and in addition, it will cover patients who are not vaccinated because of health problems. has been planted, Channel 6 reported South Miami
“There have been millions of deaths around the world, so it is not something to be ignored. This is not a patient who doesn’t want to be proactive about their weight, blood pressure or cholesterol. It affects all of us”The doctor said in the letter.