Friday, August 20, 2021
An Alabama doctor announced he would not treat patients who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and since making the move, three people have gotten the shot. Dr. Jason Valentine, a physician at Mobile's Diagnostic and Medical Clinic Infirmary Health, posted a photo on his Facebook account of himself pointing to a sign reading that effective October 1, 2021, he would no longer see patients who refused the vaccine. "If they asked why, I told them covid is a miserable way to die and I can't watch them die like that," Valentine wrote in his post.
According to data gathered by The New York Times, Alabama is the least vaccinated state in the country with just 36 percent of people vaccinated. Alabama has averaged 3,600 cases of COVID-19 per day over the past week, as well as 25 deaths from the virus per day in that same time period, per the data.
The Alabama Hospital Association President Dr. Don Williamson announced on Tuesday that only two of the state's 1,562 ICU beds were available. This figure excludes the availability of beds that must be moved to other areas of the hospital outside of the ICU.
As the situation in the state has become ever dire, Alabama doctors have joined Valentine in being vocal about the risks of refusing vaccination.
Newsweek previously reported on a doctor who posted to Facebook that intubated patients infected with COVID-19 were begging for the vaccine. Dr. Brytney Cobia told AL.com that of all the COVID patients she'd treated, only one was vaccinated.
"One of the last things they do before they're intubated is beg me for the vaccine," she wrote. "I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late."
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