Victims of the unvaccinated by Peter Singer
When a vaccinated patient and an unvaccinated patient with COVID-19 need the last available bed in a hospital’s intensive care unit, the vaccinated patient should get it. Those who view vaccination as a “personal choice” must take personal responsibility for choosing to put the lives of others at risk.
MELBOURNE – Novak Djokovic, the world’s leading tennis player, has just obtained a medical dispensation participate in the Australian Open. Djokovic, who has won the event nine times (one more victory would give him a record 21 majors), refused to show proof of vaccination, which is required to enter Australia. “I will not disclose my status whether or not I have been vaccinated,” he said. Recount Blic, a Serbian daily, calling it “a private matter and an inappropriate investigation”.
The family of Dale Weeks, who died last month at the age of 78, would disagree. Weeks was a patient at a small hospital in rural Iowa being treated for sepsis. The hospital sought to move him to a larger hospital where he could have surgery, but an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients, almost all unvaccinated, meant there were no additional beds. It took Weeks 15 days to get a transfer, and by then it was too late.
Weeks became another of the many indirect victims of COVID-19 – people who never had the virus, but died because others who did were using scarce healthcare resources, especially people who did. beds in intensive care units. Her daughter said: “What bothers me the most is people’s selfish decision not to get the vaccine and not seeing how it affects a larger group of people. This is the part that is really hard to swallow.
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