When the government announced the roll out plan for the Covid-19 vaccine, they made it abundantly clear that the first in line should be our health care and essential workers. Understandably so. Our nurse, doctors and other essential workers are on the frontlines everyday, risking contracting Covid-19.
According to a recent study, nearly 74 million of these workers and their families are at increased risk of catching Covid, and of those who do catch it, 61% will have a severe case. Many of these workers come from disenfranchised backgrounds with families who depend on them, many of whom are people of color. Many of these workers, for their sacrifice, have already paid the ultimate price: death.
Despite this, the wealthy in LA are now attempting to get access to the vaccine before the heron and heroines of this pandemic.
"We get hundreds of calls every single day," Dr. Ehsan Ali, the head of Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor told the Los Angeles Times.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center doctor, Dr. Jeff Toll has also had similar experiences. He told the Times a patient asked him: "If I donate $25,000 to Cedars, would that help me get in line?'"
"People are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars," he continued.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has promised to out those who try to skip the vaccination line.
"Those that think they can get ahead of the line and those that think because they have resources or they have relationships that will allow them to do it ... we also will be monitoring that very, very closely," Newsom said.
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