Doctors Deny Healthcare to Unvaccinated
In the past week, many people were stunned by what was denied because of their COVID vaccination status. Healthcare and parental rights have been threatened and terminated for people choosing not to get the COVID vaccines.
Dr. Linda Marraccini of South Miami, Florida, said that she would not be seeing unvaccinated patients in person after September 15.
According to an interview with Newsweek:
“It’s not fair for people who are unvaccinated to harm other people,” Marraccini said.1
Dr. Marraccini stated she was concerned for the patients who come to her office and are immunocompromised or receiving chemo therapies. She is hoping to prevent these patients from coming into contact with the virus.1
Dr. Jason Valentine of Mobile, Alabama, made the policy for his office as well. Last week Valentine took to Facebook to announce he wouldn’t be seeing unvaccinated patients, effective October 15, 2021.2 In his post he stated:
“If they asked why, I told them COVID is a miserable way to die and I can’t watch them die like that.”2
When asked if this policy was in violation of the Hippocratic Oath, Marraccini stated that she believed she was following science, which the Hippocratic Oath is based upon.1
What is the Hippocratic Oath?
When a medical student becomes a doctor, they traditionally take the Hippocratic Oath. The oath is an ancient Greek medical text of ethics dating back to the B.C. era. The general premise, and the one most people associate as a quote to the Hippocratic Oath, is: “First, do no harm.” While not technically part of the oath, it is understood to be the summary of the oath. You can read the Hippocratic Oath in its entirety here.
Many doctors are also claiming that the Hippocratic Oath is violated in not assessing a patient’s individual needs, and encouraging mass vaccinations. Each patient should be treated with dignity and autonomy. The doctor-patient relationship is one of respect for the doctor and the patient.
COVID Testing Denied Based on Political Beliefs
Last week, New York Times best-selling author, journalist, and conservative activist, Candace Owens, was refused testing at a site in Aspen, Colorado. Owens was traveling and required to take a COVID test in order to participate in an event. In an attempt to follow the rules of the area she was in and the event she was attending, she scheduled a test and was denied.4 Owens received an August 31 email from Suzanne Lee of Aspen Covid Testing:
“My team and myself have worked overtime, to exhaustion, unpaid and underpaid this past year, spending our own capital to ensure that our community remains protected,” Lee said. “It would be unfair to them and to the sacrifices we have all made this year to serve you.”4
Owens has stated that she has assessed her risks and does not believe she is in the high-risk demographic. She chose to exercise her health freedoms and not to get a COVID vaccine. She later discovered that the clinic receives taxpayer funds, making it a violation to deny treatment.4
Termination of Rights Not Limited to Healthcare
Last week, Chicago-area judge James Shapiro stripped a mother’s custody of her son due to her vaccination status. Rebecca Firlit had chosen not to get the COVID vaccines due to previous adverse reactions to vaccines. Firlit was unaware her parenting rights had been discussed; her ex-husband and his attorney had not brought the issue before the court.5 The judge simply asked her whether she had been vaccinated and then terminated the custody.
This is the first time a judge has ruled a parent must receive a vaccination in order to see their child. Typically, vaccination cases are due to a parent choosing not to have a child vaccinated.6 The judge reversed his decision after media backlash.6
Rutgers Refusing Online Students Over Vaccine
Logan Hollar is a senior at Rutgers University. Because he is a healthy, active, young adult, he chose not to take the vaccine. Hollar read through the policies regarding vaccination and because he planned to take his remaining classes online, he believed he was in compliance. Even though Hollar lives over 70 miles from campus, the university considers him required to follow the mandate.8
The U.S. Isn’t Alone in Refusing Care
As Australia continues to take heat for their oppressive lockdown measures, the push for vaccination hits a new level. Daniel Andrews, leader of Australia’s Labor Party and Premier of Victoria, stated over the weekend:
“We are moving from a health system where we have everyone locked down – we are going to move to a situation where, to protect the healthcare system, we are going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be. If you’re making the choice not to get vaccinated, then you’re making the wrong choice… It’s going to be a vaccinated economy. And you get to participate in that.”9