US healthcare workers protest chaos in hospitals’ vaccine rollout

US healthcare workers protest chaos in hospitals’ vaccine rollout

Key personnel miss out on first wave of life-saving shots
Stanford doctors speak out on behalf of frontline staff

Frontline healthcare workers saw their hopes dashed last week when a botched algorithm, crashing scheduling platforms and other logistical mishaps thwarted their efforts to be among the first in the US to receive a long-awaited coronavirus vaccine.

Amid a surge in infections overwhelming hospitals around the US, doctors were incensed by administrative failures that denied access to the potentially life-saving shots, even as they volunteered to work in intensive care units or looked after the critically ill.

Christine Santiago is an internal medicine resident with Stanford Health Care in California, where ICU availability is at 2% statewide.

“I think that there’s a sense of disappointment in not really being considered,” she said, “despite sort of being held up as like, you know, ‘healthcare heroes’, and being on the frontlines.

“Maybe it was just words.”