In many medical practices in Southern California, doctors say they have received a call from their well-to-do customers about whether they can arrive early for a very limited supply of vaccine doses in exchange for financial contributions to a hospital or charity. .
Dr. Jeff Toll, whose boutique internal medicine practice accepts privileges at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said a patient offered to donate $ 25,000 to the hospital in exchange for the initial shot of the vaccine. Toll’s practice services include a well-heeled clientele that includes chief executives and entertainment figures, but the doctor said he is telling his patients that they too should wait because the first-round vaccine gives them Are delivered which require protection.
Earlier this week, California received 327,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, giving the virus the first shot to front-line health care workers battling the virus, causing more than 22,000 deaths since the onset of the epidemic.
“I think it’s hard for one of the physicians to be able to take care of these high-powered people, not that you have to wait,” Toll said. “These people usually don’t have to wait.”
Toll said that its practice has applied with the state of California to become a vaccine distribution center for its customers and has already purchased a special ultra-cold freezer in anticipation of storage vials of the Pfizer vaccine.
‘They wanted it yesterday’
Dr. of My Combined MD in Beverly Hills David Negerian said that many of his A-list customers are contacting him, saying that money is not a commodity if it helps to get the vaccine quickly.
“They wanted it tomorrow,” the Nazarian said. “We will play by the rules but we are doing everything to secure and distribute the vaccine when it is available for it.”
Founder of Concierge MD LA, Drs. Abe Malkin said that he had received more than a hundred phone calls from people trying to arrive at the initial dose early.
“I would say 5 to 10 percent of people were willing to try to contribute something to a charity to bump themselves into the line,” according to Malkin.
Malkin’s practice has also applied to become a vaccine distributor, but the focus is on a new FDA-authorized modern vaccine that would be easier to handle because it does not have the same temperature storage requirements as Pfizer supplements.
When it comes to line cuts, the California government. Gavin Newsom warns that “it would be very aggressive to ensure that people with the means, influence, are not driving out those who are most deserving of vaccines.”
“For those who think they can get ahead of the line, and who think that because they have the resources, or they have relationships that will allow them to do so. We will monitor that month.” .
“We will prioritize, and we hope that everyone in the health care delivery system is held to the same ethical standard of truly prioritizing what is most needed. And the real hero in this epidemic is the front line. There are health care workers, and those are the ones we should protect, and we should prioritize moving forward. “