Letter: The unvaccinated should go to the back of the line
"If you make a conscious decision not to be vaccinated, come down with COVID-19 and need to be hospitalized you should not be allowed to go to the front of the line," writes Phoenix resident Bill Brudvik. "The tail is wagging the dog."
I have been following the current surge in COVID-19 infections both in North Dakota and Minnesota here at our winter home in Phoenix. They are all showing record hospitalizations, nearly all of which are people who are unvaccinated.
The latest data I have seen shows that North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona are seeing record surges in COVID-19 cases and nearly all of those people have not been vaccinated. Hospital beds are full, leaving virtually no room for people with medical emergencies, life-threatening illnesses, accident victims or people with necessary but elective medical procedures.
When it comes to medical care and treatment, COVID-19 patients should go to the end of the line. More importantly, I have been hearing that when these folks do have an opportunity to be hospitalized, many of them are becoming infected with COVID-19 from the COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The medical caregivers are at their wit’s end and exhausted.
All this needs to be revisited. If you make a conscious decision not to be vaccinated, come down with COVID-19 and need to be hospitalized you should not be allowed to go to the front of the line.
People with other legitimate medical needs should be prioritized and unvaccinated COVID-19 patients should go to the back of the line. COVID-19 is not going to go away anytime soon but when it comes to medical care, the tail is wagging the dog.
Bill Brudvik is a resident of Phoenix.
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