Valentine, a physician at Diagnostic and Medical Clinic Infirmary Health in Mobile, Alabama., posted that photo on Facebook this week. If the Alabama medical board has any integrity whatsoever, he will be cited for an ethical violation. If I were in charge, I’d suspend his license. Id’ revoke his license. He should not be trusted.
The Washington Post article about Valentine’s unethical stand concentrates on the problem unvaccinated citizens (and non-citizens) are causing in the nation’s effort to get past the pandemic. All of it is irrelevant. So are Valentine’s various explanations for his position, like “[C]ovid is a miserable way to die and I can’t watch them die like that,” and “We do not yet have any great treatments for severe disease, but we do have great prevention with vaccines. Unfortunately, many have declined to take the vaccine, and some end up severely ill or dead. I cannot and will not force anyone to take the vaccine, but I also cannot continue to watch my patients suffer and die from an eminently preventable disease.”
Then go into another field, you arrogant asshole. You’re a professional, and your professional code of ethics directs that you apply your medical skills to all human beings, not just the one you approve of. There are no good reasons to refuse to treat someone in need of medical care. Saying you won’t treat the vaccinated is ethically identical to saying you won’t treat dug addicts, or alcoholics, or unwed mothers, or gays, or convicted felons, or rapists, or child abusers, or Republicans, or Donald Trump. You don’t understand your own ancient profession’s ethical duties, and you cannot and should not be trusted to practice medicine. On anyone.
Periodical commenter (and old friend) Vinnymick alerted me to this story, adding, “I think this doc is unethical, even though I want all to get vaxxed.” As is usually the case, he is correct.