“I hate it, I feel it is incorrect. I feel it is creating distrust. I feel it is divisive. I feel it is creating extra tribalism and it, to me, is the very last thing we want,” Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng mentioned in a video posted to his Twitter on Wednesday that has been considered almost 150,000 occasions.
Kyeremanteng is a vital care and palliative care doctor at The Ottawa Hospital, who additionally incessantly discusses healthcare on podcasts and different platforms.
He continued on Twitter that he desires all of his sufferers to get the vaccine, however famous that “this speak of limiting take care of the unvaxxed is incorrect.”
“For us to place worth judgments on folks primarily based on life-style choices, selecting to not get vaccinated … I would like you to be vaccinated, however I additionally don’t need you to smoke. I additionally don’t need you to make use of IV drug use, and regardless of that, whenever you come into my ICU, I deal with you an identical,” he mentioned, telling Fox Information that he posted the video after seeing detrimental chatter on social media concerning the unvaccinated and doubtlessly taxing them and limiting their care.
“We hustle, we do what we are able to to serve and get you thru your sickness. And to assume that we might do something much less due to your vaccine standing is atrocious, it’s completely atrocious. And it might be extraordinarily shameful to even assume that is a consideration inside our society.”
Kyeremanteng informed Fox Information on Thursday that having sincere conversations with folks and never “shaming them” can result in knowledgeable choices on the security of the vaccines, and that now could be the time “to be good.”
“The entire type of shaming method is, that is by no means been an efficient manner. We should be compassionate, we have to take heed to what the considerations are,” he mentioned, and famous that messaging on the vaccine must “be extra clear and targeted.”
His video comes after vaccine mandates in each Canada and the USA have elevated in current weeks.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned in August that folks can be banned from boarding any plane, prepare or cruise ship until they’re absolutely vaccinated. All authorities workers are additionally required to get the vaccine, together with airways and railways workers.
Whereas in the USA, President Biden introduced a vaccine mandate for all companies that make use of greater than 100 folks or undergo weekly testing. Corporations that don’t comply will face fines.
The problem of limiting take care of the unvaccinated has already cropped up within the U.S. A South Florida physician earlier this month grew to become the second doctor within the nation to announce she’s going to flip away sufferers who aren’t vaccinated and criticized them for “lack of selflessness” and placing her workers in danger.
“This can be a public well being emergency — the well being of the general public takes precedence over the rights of any given particular person on this state of affairs,” mentioned Lina Marraccini, a major care physician in South Miami, in a letter.
“It seems that there’s a lack of selflessness and concern for the burden on the well being and well-being of our society from our encounters.”
Some docs in Canada have finished extra of the identical, with a physician in an Enderby walk-in clinic reportedly turning away a 13-year-old boy with a sore wrist final month as a result of he was not vaccinated.
“I used to be flabbergasted,” the boy’s mother, Kate Stein, told Postmedia News. “The physician wouldn’t see us. He was solely accepting absolutely vaccinated sufferers.”
To Kyeremanteng, limiting any take care of the unvaccinated is “not why I acquired into medication.”
“We’re higher than this,” he mentioned in his video.