WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Disney worker bragged of having received the coronavirus vaccine.
- She says her local hospital had leftover doses that would have gone bad if not administered.
- Besides, her in-law was ‘big-deal’ at the hospital.
In a post that has since been taken down, a Disney Worker bragged that she has already been vaccinated.
How did she manage it when front line healthcare workers and vulnerable populations are the priority? She said that her in-law was a ‘big-deal’ at Redlands Community Hospital.
The 33-year-old Riverside woman said, “When I woke up this morning, I didn’t think I would be getting the COVID-19 vaccine today. But here we are. I’m so very happy.”
According to the vaccine manufacturer, Pfizer, the vaccine can be stored in the deep-freezer of hospitals for 30 days, and 5 days for refrigerators. Leftover doses should be used right away or it goes bad.
What the woman had was a leftover dose.
A University of California in Irvine public health professor, Andrew Noymer said, the Disney worker’s vaccination “doesn’t pass the smell test.”
He added, “Nurses, technicians, janitors and orderlies need to be vaccinated before some random community member.’’
In its defense, the hospital issued a statement that said, “Redlands Community Hospital administered its allotment of Pfizer vaccines to its frontline physicians, healthcare workers and support staff per California Department of Public Health guidelines.
“After physicians and staff who expressed interest in the vaccine were administered, there were several doses left.
“Because the reconstituted Pfizer vaccine must be used within hours or be disposed of, several doses were administered to non-front line healthcare workers so that valuable vaccines would not be thrown away.”
A spokeswoman of the California Department of Public Health said that the state has always been clear on who should get the vaccine first. “The federal and state vaccine guidelines have prioritized our frontline healthcare workers who have been putting their lives at risk to fight this virus from Day One.’’
But still, according to Dr. David D. Lo, a senior associate research dean at UC’s Riverside School of Medicine, “in the end, it is still left to the states and also the individual sites where vaccines are administered,” on who should be the priority vaccine recipients.
Source: New York Post