Enough is enough. The Covid vaccine-refusers are getting sick and being hospitalized at such high rates, they are now causing delays, pain, suffering and costing the lives of totally innocent vaccinated British Columbians needing cancer, heart surgery or other critical treatments.
Hospital critical care beds/facilities/services in BC are overloaded.
Because the number of unvaccinated Covid-infected victims are now so high, they are placing what could easily have been an avoidable burden on our hospital system: dozens of other patients have had to be airlifted to hospitals miles away from their families … and hundreds are being DELAYED and DENIED badly needed treatments.
This is just not fair!
How many British Columbians are suffering great pain as they await delayed, and delayed again, hip or back surgeries? How many needing heart surgery have died waiting for a hospital bed? How many have lost their lives to cancer because they could not get a hospital bed for the surgery they needed?
Because anti-vaxxers who could have protected themselves … and their fellow citizens … refused to do so.
It’s not only incredibly dumb: it’s very selfish too.
And the anti-vaxxers should not have that power over others.
Time for Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and BC Health administrators to restore FULL, NORMAL hospital and health care access/services … including surgeries, ICU priority, cancer treatments … to vaccinated people.
And not allow those who had no medically justifiable reason not to be vaccinated, but refused to do so, tie up critical beds, treatment facilities.
At the cost of others’ lives.
It’s THEY who should have to wait, face delays, or be airlifted elsewhere … not the citizens who have done everything right; followed Dr Henry’s Health Orders; self-distanced; bought and wore masks; signed up and lined up … not one but twice … for Covid vaccine shots.
Accommodating the non-maskers, non distancers and non-vaxxers, in the beginning of the pandemic, did not place an inordinate or inexcusable excessive drain on our acute, emergency and critical care Health services system.
We were ALL in this together … as Covid crippled and killed thousands, then hundreds of thousands and now millions across the world.
But then, almost miraculously, science … which has given the world Polio, Measles, Tuberculosis, SARS, Rubella vaccines … came up with the life-saving, well proven and tested Covid vaccines.
Millions of lives worldwide have been saved already; hundreds of millions of peoples have avoided the terrible pain and suffering Covid can inflict; and billions of others are seeking, yearning and appealing for the life-saving vaccines.
Except those BC’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth calls “Covidiots”.
Now, as I’ve written before, I respect and support anyone’s RIGHT to REFUSE the vaccine.
But they DO NOT have the RIGHT to make the rest of us sick or kill us by spreading the disease in restaurants, bars, theatres etc. … or because of their stupidity, DENY us or our loved ones major medical care, when it’s needed.
Statistics gathered in EVERY Health Region clearly prove it’s the non-vaccinated who are now overwhelmingly getting sick from Covid … some VERY sick … and often dying terrible, painful, lonely deaths in hospitals.
Too bad, so sad.
However, I shed not a single tear for those who were offered, were urged, were almost begged to protect themselves by getting vaccinated … but refused.
I weep for those who did get vaccinated, are suffering from very painful, highly debilitating life-critical injuries, diseases, cancers or other conditions but are being denied care/treatment because those who would NOT get vaccinated have now taken over so many hospital beds and are overwhelming medical facilities, doctors and staff.
And No, this is NOT the same situation as so many do-gooder pontificators and cliche-spouting media would have us believe: if we deny priority to anti-vaxxers, why not restrict access as well to people who drink, use drugs, or are obese etc.?
Actually, people with these health problems ARE regularly restricted from some treatments/transplants available to others because of the debilitations their conditions present.
Also, if there was a VACCINE that solved/cured ANY of those illnesses, I would agree: don’t let any of them who REFUSED the vaccine cure take priority over others in pain, needing hip surgery or potentially life-saving cancer operations etc.
But the anti-vaxxers are now hurting not only themselves, which is their right, but others as well, which is not!
A recent CTV story outlined how surging hospitalizations of unvaxxed Covid patients has forced delays of hundreds of BC surgeries. https://bc.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-update-b-c-hospitalizations-still-surging-as-hundreds-of-surgeries-delayed-1.5594079
There was also this in The Vancouver Sun: https://vancouversun.com/news/surgeries-being-postponed-delayed-and-adjusted-across-b-c-as-covid-19-pressures-mount.
Health care and hospital facilities have limits, even at the best of times.
Anyone can get Covid, but when 80% or more of those who require hospitalization are UNVACCINATED (for no valid medical reason), let’s keep it real: they are people who have clearly, and many would say, deliberately, exposed themselves AND OTHERS to a deadly virus.
So, when Hospital critical care wards are almost full, it’s those who followed all the rules, are in pain, suffering or facing life-threatening illnesses who should get priority for precious hospital resources … not those who thumbed their noses at masks, deliberately failed to self-distance and refused Covid vaccines.
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