A report on Friday stated that some of the Big Apple’s medical staff were angry that lower-risk hospital staff had been cutting production lines to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, which prompted an uphill battle for life-saving shots.
A source told the New York Times that doctors and nurses at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and other medical centers are fighting each other because the superiors have failed to prioritize and regulate who receives the jab first.
A doctor at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital told the newspaper: “Obviously, we are ready to mow each other for this.”
According to hospital regulations, the most exposed employees (such as nurses and doctors in emergency rooms) should be vaccinated first, and then workers in other departments.
However, it was reported that employees who were reportedly far from the front line, including social workers and clerks working from home, entered the vaccination room early.
Another doctor told the newspaper that in the first 48 hours after the vaccine arrived, skipping the production line triggered a “free for everyone”
The doctor said: “I think the sad thing is that people are starting to oppose each other.” “Can you honestly say that this clerk deserves it? No, but no one deserves it.”
According to New York State’s distribution plan, health care workers are the first to receive vaccinations. However, the state is largely left to the individual medical institutions to decide how to release the coveted shots internally, and the plan seems to have failed in some hospitals.
One week after the vaccination, some nurses at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital had not yet been vaccinated, while other workers received the jab.
According to The Times, in an example of tension among staff, a nurse at the hospital confronted a social worker on suspicion of jumper.
The nurse said of the social worker’s response: “She said,’We sometimes have to go to the emergency room’-but this is not true.”
The document said that failure to clearly prioritize high-risk workers angered some employees, prompting the hospital to apologize.
Dr. Craig Albanese, an executive at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of the New York Presbyterian Church, wrote in an email to employees: “This kind of thing happened. I feel very disappointed and sad.
The hospital subsequently said in a statement to the New York Times: “We are following all the guidelines of the New York State Department of Health regarding the priority of vaccines. We initially focused on intensive care unit and emergency room staff and everyone Equal opportunities.”
At the same time, at Mount Sinai Hospital, a doctor said that workers could simply line up and claim that they were doing “Covid-related procedures” to talk about the way to obtain the vaccine.
The report said: “Because we have made vaccines the second priority, we feel disrespected and underestimated,” a group of anesthesiologists at the hospital angered the management staff over the weekend.
Hospital officials said in a statement that they only knew about “improper behavior” related to the vaccine.
At the same time, the staff at Columbia University Irvine Medical Center are also frustrated by the long wait for the vaccine.
Occupational therapist Ivy Vega told the newspaper: “There is competition, doubt and distrust.” “It is becoming a competition.”