75 doctors staged a walkout on Monday in a southern Florida hospital.
The doctors did so in protest over the fact that they were treating too many unvaccinated COVID patients.
Though the doctors did not refuse anyone treatment, they staged the walkout in order to send a message to Americans refusing the experimental injection.
During a live feed, a reporter at the scene claimed that 85% of ICU beds in all Florida hospitals were currently full, and that others were beyond capacity.
This leaves many to wonder how the doctors found time to stage a walkout that was purely for optics.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 23, 2021
Our friends at the New York Post have the story:
A group of South Florida doctors walked out of their hospital on Monday to protest the surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations among the unvaccinated.
The doctors walked out just before sunrise in an effort to encourage residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying they are fatigued from working so hard during the latest surge.
“We are exhausted. Our patience and resources are running low and we need your help,” Dr. Rupesh Dharia from Palm Beach Internal Medicine told NBC 8.
BREAKING: 75 Florida doctors send Governor DeSantis a bold message by walking out in protest after their hospital is flooded with unvaccinated Trumpers who caught COVID, leaving them exhausted and with no more beds nor ventilators. RT IF YOU SUPPORT THESE BRAVE DOCTORS’ PROTEST!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) August 23, 2021
The story was also covered live on Morning Joe, where the doctors could be seen in the background standing for at least a few minutes.
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) August 23, 2021
75 Doctors Stage Walkout At South Florida Hospital To Protest Treating Unvaccinated People With COVID https://t.co/Cii2fO3fF5
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 23, 2021
Some of the doctors walked out in the middle of their shifts according to the Daily Caller:
The doctors in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, said they want people to recognize the value of vaccines and ignore misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of the shots. Florida’s ICU units are reportedly at 85% capacity, and the state is experiencing a surge of 21% in cases and 28% in hospitalizations in the last 14 days.
“It’s incredibly frustrating, because we know vaccines are safe and effective,” said emergency room doctor JT Snarski in an interview with “Morning Joe” Monday morning. “Vaccines are safe, and we need to get our communities vaccinated.”
Some of the doctors walked out in the middle of their shifts, MSNBC reported. 72% of Floridians aged 12 and over have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the state’s vaccination rate has more than doubled in the last month.
As some Twitter users pointed out, the doctors did not refuse anyone treatment.
They simply walked outside for several minutes in an act of “protest” due to treating too many unvaccinated COVID patients.
It didn’t happen. They went outside for a few minutes to call on people to get vaccinated. South Florida has a very high vax rate BTW, and none of the hospitals are “overflowing,” but most of the patients in hospitals are unvaccinated. The doctors didn’t deny treatment to anyone
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) August 23, 2021
Deleted this tweet because while the story was framed as a “walkout” on MSNBC & elsewhere, in fact the doctors stepped out for a “symbolic protest” to encourage the community to get vaccinated.
“We are exhausted. Our patience and resources are running low and we need your help.” pic.twitter.com/vkj2AtvhPH
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) August 23, 2021
Despite the fact that it was merely a “symbolic protest,” the fact that 75 doctors apparently had time to simultaneously walk out all at once for several minutes leaves questions to be answered as to just how crowded the hospital was at the time.
If the hospital was indeed “flooded” with COVID patients and lacking beds and ventilators, these doctors were clearly not treating any of the people suffering.
If 75 doctors have time to walk out of work they have time to treat patients. https://t.co/5gieG4HCXG
— Zidan Samurai Futurologist Lianciel (@Zidan_Lianciel) August 23, 2021
Doctors in south Florida walk out to protest treating unvaccinated patients.
If you refuse to treat people because they don’t live their lives the way you want them to, you shouldn’t be a freaking doctor!!!
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) August 23, 2021