The 75 doctors held the walkout on Aug. 23 following a surge of COVID-19 cases in southern Florida. The state reported 21,329 new COVID-19 cases and 228 deaths on that day. Some in the group expressed discontent with the high number of Palm Beach residents turning down the COVID-19 vaccine. Thus, they also called on Floridians to get inoculated at the soonest.
Two doctors who joined the protest voiced their thoughts on the matter. Palm Beach Internal Medicine's Dr. Rupesh Daria said: "We are exhausted. Our patience and resources are running low and we need your help." Meanwhile, Jupiter Medical Center's Dr. Ahmed El-Hadded warned of the dangers of the highly infectious B16172 delta variant. "This variant is deadlier: It is impacting the lungs quicker, it is eating away at the lungs, it is causing more problems … and the patients are dying quicker," he said.
Dr. Ethan Chapin, El-Hadded's colleague at Jupiter Medical Center, also expressed his sentiments. "We're not just going in to work and working long hours, but we're seeing people who don't need to be in the hospital, who are healthy and young, who don't have the co-morbidities that we typically see, and they're getting this from a preventable illness," he said.
Chapin continued that treating patients who could have avoided hospitalization if they were inoculated can be frustrating. He said: "The irony is difficult to deal with sometimes. It's [them] trying to reach out to us when we've already extended our hand to help them. [They've] pushed it aside and ignored our advice, and then they come back asking. [It's] frustrating and heartbreaking." (Related: Florida hospital caught trying to MURDER covid patient to boost death numbers.)
The walkout conducted by the 75 doctors could constitute a violation of the Hippocratic Oath, which says doctors must "do no harm" to their patients regardless of their vaccination status.
Protests such as the Aug. 23 gathering left emergency rooms possibly without staff members – endangering patients in the process. However, a spokesperson for the group of doctors told Business Insider that all participants were off duty.
The medical professionals who joined the protest said a huge chunk of COVID-19 cases they recently saw were unvaccinated. They claimed that many of their unvaccinated patients expressed regret about not getting the COVID-19 vaccine sooner. Some doctors even stood outside their hospitals before the protest and spoke out against the high number of individuals refusing inoculation.
Furthermore, the doctors who took part in the protest pointed out that more children have been hospitalized in recent weeks because of the delta variant. Nevertheless, infectious disease specialist Dr. Leslie Diaz doubled down on vaccination. "The vaccine still remains the most effective and reliable way to stop this madness," she said.
Incidentally, the protest by the Florida doctors happened on the same day as the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) full approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine. In a statement, the FDA confirmed that the New York-based company's Comirnaty vaccine is now fully approved for use in people 16 years old and above.
Comirnaty was initially granted emergency use authorization (EUA) in December 2020 before its full approval on Aug. 23. The FDA statement noted that the vaccine's use in those aged 12 to 15 years old was still under EUA. Furthermore, Comirnaty's use as a booster dose for certain people with weakened immune systems was also under EUA. (Related: 2 things mainstream media didn't tell you about FDA's approval of Pfizer vaccine.)
"While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today's milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic," Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said.
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