State Rejecting Organ Transplant Recipients Over Vaccine Status

State Rejecting Organ Transplant Recipients Over Vaccine Status

( – The Hippocratic Oath requires physicians to swear to honor a set of professional standards. Taking the oath remains a common rite of passage for medical students upon completion of their studies. One of its core values is a vow to “abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm.” But, as it turns out, a Washington hospital may have just blown up that promise. 

Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed prospective liver transplant patient Derek Kovick during the airing of his program on Wednesday night, August 18. Kovick told him the University of Washington Medical Center was poised to deny his doctor’s request for an organ transplant unless he agreed to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Kovick, his attending physician placed him on the waiting list for a liver transplant. “I have some bile duct issues,” he explained. He planned on making the trip to Seattle a few days ago. However, a nurse called him before he had a chance to begin his journey.

Kovack said they told him the infectious disease team met and decided not to provide surgical services to an unvaccinated patient. His name would not be removed from the transplant waiting list. But, he wouldn’t be able to receive the lifesaving operation until he complied with the directive.

The University of Washington Medical Center confirmed it did consider a patient’s vaccination status when deciding whether or not to schedule a surgical procedure. However, its response begs the question, ‘When did it become acceptable for hospitals to decide who gets to live and who dies?’

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