Linda Marraccini: Florida doc declines to treat unvaccinated Covid patients
A famous doctor from Miami, Florida has decided to limit her services only for vaccinated Covid patients, amid the alarming rise in Delta variant cases in the state. Dr. Linda Marraccini has decreed that she would not be treating any unvaccinated individual affected by Covid, in order to protect her immunocompromised patients. Effective from September 15, 2021, the policy prevents anti-vaxxer patients from visiting the doctor's clinic in person. They are only permitted to avail the remote telemedicine treatment if they wish to consult Dr. Marraccini.
Despite the shocking surge in Delta variant across the country, the propaganda against Covid vaccine is growing stronger day by day, with many conservatives opting against the jab. To combat the risk of infection from anti-vaxxers, quite a few doctors, like Linda Marraccini, have decided to not treat unvaccinated patients anymore. New Jersey pastor Charles Clark was recently dumped by his physician of over two decades because of his decision to avoid getting jabbed. Alabama doctor Jason Valentine is also turning down unvaccinated patients as he could not "watch them suffer."
Meanwhile, Dr. Marraccini who practices in South Miami, has said, "'I understand that people are free to choose, but to me, it’s a problem when it affects other people." She informed that for patients who are hesitant about the vaccination, she offers a month to decide. Beyond this, if they are still choosing to stay unvaccinated and contract Covid, then they will be barred from visiting her clinic going forward.
"When it comes to the safety of others, when it comes to the fact that it’s a global health problem and community health problem, at this point, I really say that this is where it draws the line in the sand for me," she shared.
In a conversation with Newsweek, Marracini further clarified that her decision does not violate the Hippocratic Oath. She explained, "The Hippocratic Oath is very science-based. I am following the science. I'm applying this to the benefit of the sick."
However, she would be making exceptions for people who are willing to get vaccinated but are unable to avail the same before infection. She will also allow the ones who just need prescriptions filled. "We're not going to leave them out there in the cold," Marraccini added, "There’s been millions of deaths globally so that’s not something to ignore. People are getting to the point where everybody knows somebody that died from COVID. This is a problem that really everyone needs to help out with, and it’s affecting our collective communal health."
Florida is currently experiencing the worst wave of Covid-19 ever since the start of the pandemic, with an average of 244 deaths being reported every day. Only 53.5 percent of Florida's total population is vaccinated, though the amount is higher than other states like Georgia, Wyoming, or Mississippi.