Physician goes viral for slamming these not treating unvaccinated: ‘Completely atrocious’

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A health care provider in Canada goes viral after posting a video message saying it’s “atrocious” that some healthcare professionals would restrict take care of sufferers who aren’t vaccinated

“I hate it, I believe it is improper. I believe it is creating distrust. I believe it is divisive. I believe it is creating extra tribalism and it, to me, is the very last thing we want,” Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng mentioned in a video posted to his Twitter on Wednesday that has been considered practically 150,000 occasions. 

Kyeremanteng is a vital care and palliative care doctor at The Ottawa Hospital, who additionally continuously discusses healthcare on podcasts and different platforms.

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He continued on Twitter that he desires all of his sufferers to get the vaccine, however famous that “this discuss of limiting take care of the unvaxxed is improper.”

“For us to place worth judgments on folks based mostly on life-style choices, selecting to not get vaccinated … I need you to be vaccinated, however I additionally don’t need you to smoke. I additionally don’t need you to make use of IV drug use, and regardless of that, whenever you come into my ICU, I deal with you an identical,” he mentioned, telling Fox Information that he posted the video after seeing adverse chatter on social media concerning the unvaccinated and probably taxing them and limiting their care. 

“We hustle, we do what we will to serve and get you thru your sickness. And to assume that we’d do something much less due to your vaccine standing is atrocious, it’s completely atrocious. And it will be extraordinarily shameful to even assume that is a consideration inside our society.”

Kyeremanteng advised Fox Information on Thursday that having trustworthy conversations with folks and never “shaming them” can result in knowledgeable choices on the protection of the vaccines, and that now’s the time “to be good.” 

“The entire form of shaming method is, that is by no means been an efficient approach. We should be compassionate, we have to hearken to what the issues are,” he mentioned, and famous that messaging on the vaccine must “be extra clear and targeted.”

His video comes after vaccine mandates in each Canada and the USA have elevated in current weeks. 

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned in August that folks can be banned from boarding any plane, practice or cruise ship until they’re absolutely vaccinated. All authorities staff are additionally required to get the vaccine, together with airways and railways staff. 

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Whereas in the USA, President Biden introduced a vaccine mandate for all companies that make use of greater than 100 folks or undergo weekly testing. Firms that don’t comply will face fines. 

The difficulty of limiting take care of the unvaccinated has already cropped up within the U.S. A South Florida physician earlier this month turned the second doctor within the nation to announce she’s going to flip away sufferers who are usually not vaccinated and criticized them for “lack of selflessness” and placing her workers in danger.  

“This can be a public well being emergency — the well being of the general public takes precedence over the rights of any given particular person on this state of affairs,” mentioned Lina Marraccini, a main care physician in South Miami, in a letter.

“It seems that there’s a lack of selflessness and concern for the burden on the well being and well-being of our society from our encounters.”

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Some medical doctors in Canada have achieved extra of the identical, with a health care provider in an Enderby walk-in clinic reportedly turning away a 13-year-old boy with a sore wrist final month as a result of he was not vaccinated. 

“I used to be flabbergasted,” the boy’s mother, Kate Stein, told Postmedia News. “The physician wouldn’t see us. He was solely accepting absolutely vaccinated sufferers.”

To Kyeremanteng, limiting any take care of the unvaccinated is “not why I obtained into drugs.”

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“We’re higher than this,” he mentioned in his video.

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