A Florida doctor is reportedly refusing to treat unvaccinated patients who contract the coronavirus in-person out of fear it will expose vulnerable patients to the virus.
“I understand that people are free to choose, but to me, it’s a problem when it affects other people,” Dr. Linda Marraccini said in a letter sent to patients, according to NBC 6.
“When it comes to the safety of others, when it comes to the fact that it’s a global health problem and community health problem, at this point, I really say that this is where it draws the line in the sand for me,” she reportedly continued. (RELATED: Even With Breakthrough Cases, The Data Doesn’t Seem To Support Mask Mandates For Vaccinated People)
The new policy goes into effect Sept. 15, according to NBC 6. Marraccini will still offer virtual visits to unvaccinated patients and will refer them to other doctors as needed, according to the report. She is also willing to make exceptions for patients who are unable to receive the vaccine due to health reasons, NBC 6 reported.
WATCH: “This is where it draws the line in the sand for me.”
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“This is a public health emergency – the health of the public takes priority over the rights of any given individual in this situation. It appears that there is a lack of selflessness and concern for the burden on the health and well-being of our society from our encounters,” the letter reads, according to the report. “If any of our patients have a valid medical reason for not having the vaccine or have their first shot by September 15, please let us know. In our practice we find almost no one that cannot take one of the vaccines for medical reasons.”
Dr. Jason Valentine of Alabama similarly announced in August he will refuse to treat anyone who is unvaccinated beginning Oct. 1. Valentine said it is because he doesn’t want to watch his patients die in a “miserable” way.