An Alabama doctor has warned that it’s “too late” to administer the COVID-19 vaccine when patients are in the hospital fighting for their lives.
Dr. Brytney Cobia, who works at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, said she’s forced to turn down desperate pleas from COVID-19 patients to be given the vaccine before they’re placed on ventilators.
“I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” wrote Cobia on Facebook on Sunday.
“One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”
The majority of the infected patients currently in the hospital have not received the shot — and the one patient who has been vaccinated just needed a little oxygen and is expected to recover, Cobia told AL.com.
But some of the patients who were not vaccinated have not been as fortunate, she said.