A Florida doctor maintains that she is not in violation of the Hippocratic Oath by no longer accepting in-person visits with patients who are not vaccinated for the coronavirus.
“It’s not fair for people who are unvaccinated to harm other people,” South Miami-based Dr. Linda Marraccini said.
“The Hippocratic Oath is very science-based. I am following the science. I’m applying this to the benefit of the sick.”
The Hippocratic Oath is something doctors pledge as students receiving a medical degree. It is based on an ethical code and pledges to “do no harm,” as a medical professional.
“I understand that people are free to choose, but to me, it’s a problem when it affects other people,” Marraccini said.
“When it comes to the safety of others, when it comes to the fact that it’s a global health problem and community health problem, at this point, I really say that this is where it draws the line in the sand for me.” she said
“There’s been millions of deaths globally so that’s not something to ignore,” Marraccini continued. “People are getting to where everybody knows somebody that died from COVID.
“This is a problem that really everyone needs to help out with, and it’s affecting our collective communal health.”
Marraccini’s policy is set to go into effect Sept. 15, however, she said she will continue virtual visits with her unvaccinated patients. Marraccini said she may make exceptions for patients having a hardship.
“We’re not going to leave them out there in the cold,” the doctor said.
Marraccini said that she understands patients might have a problem with the new policy and she understands if they want to find a new primary care physician.
“Responsibility has to do with each individual,” she said. “This is a global health issue, and everyone owns part of that responsibility.”