As the Delta variant causes COVID-19 cases to surge across the country, the ensuing rise in hospitalizations and deaths have stretched the healthcare system in many states beyond capacity. In Texas, a physician group recently discussed the ethics of deprioritizing the unvaccinated.
Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, discusses the importance of taking a broader view in the commentary piece “Punishing the Unvaccinated is the Wrong Medicine for COVID-19”, published in the Wisconsin Examiner:
“Triaging unvaccinated patients does nothing to address the underlying social conditions that have allowed such wide swaths of the US population to remain unvaccinated in the first place…” and “is almost certain to disproportionately affect the most vulnerable Americans”.
“We need to look beyond vaccination as simply a personal choice and focus on and address the social systems that put thousands of people at risk of being unvaccinated.”
Read the whole article here, and listen to Green’s interview on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time here.