- Los Angeles’ well-heeled are offering doctors as much as $25,000 for priority access to coronavirus vaccines, The Los Angeles Times reported.
- The US approved a vaccine from Pfizer on December 11, with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health saying healthcare personnel and care home residents come first.
- But wealthy Californians are offering large sums to skip the queue regardless. “People are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars,” Dr.Jeff Toll, who works with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said.
- Dr. Ehsan Ali, the head of Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, said: “We get hundreds of calls every single day”
Los Angeles’ super-rich are offering medical clinics as much as $25,000 for priority access to coronavirus vaccines, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On December 11, a drug created by Pfizer and BioNTech became the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive emergency authorization for use in the US by the Food and Drug Administration.
And in the last fortnight, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health have both said that healthcare personnel and care home residents should be first in line.
But that hasn’t deterred those with ample financial means from trying to secure inoculations for themselves with big-cash offers.
“We get hundreds of calls every single day,” Dr. Ehsan Ali, the head of Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, told the Times. “This is the first time where I have not been able to get something for my patients.”
Another LA-based doctor, Dr.Jeff Toll, who works with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, told the Times a patient asked him: “If I donate $25,000 to Cedars, would that help me get in line?'”
“People are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars,” he said, with the Times saying Toll declined the proposition.
California Governor Gavin Newsom had warned that those who try to skip the queue would be outed.