A news conference was held early Monday morning by Palm Beach Gardens doctors to urge the community to get vaccinated and was undermined with false reports claiming that doctors walked off the job.
Doctors did NOT walk off the job or refuse to treat patients. In fact, it was quite the opposite. They were at the news conference before or after their shift to educate the public about how COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the community and had one simple message that can save your life — please get vaccinated and wear a mask.
As the delta variant continues to fuel the rapid spread of coronavirus cases in Florida, emergency rooms and ICUs are overwhelmed and overcrowded with COVID-19 patients.
Dozens of doctors from across Palm Beach County described the exhaustion, burnout, and struggle they’re all facing as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to surge in South Florida.
Palm Beach Gardens doctors held the news conference to alert the community that if COVID-19 cases continue to rise, hospitals could reach capacity, people would die, and urged the community to get vaccinated.
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” covered the news conference early Monday morning with a misleading on-screen caption: “SOUTH FLORIDA DOCTORS WALK OUT IN PROTEST.”
The false claims have led to threats and harassment toward the doctors, their colleagues, and hospitals.
Dr. Jennifer Buczyner organized the news conference to alert the community about vaccines and was frustrated by the false assertion.
WPTV News recorded the entire news conference. As you watch the video you will see that the news conference message was very clear. Doctors said they can’t do it alone and they need your help. Their message is simple — Please get vaccinated. The vaccine is safe, effective, and prevents hospitalization.