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This hospital has apologized for inviting donors to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine

A Washington state hospital has apologized for asking benefactors to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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People are given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. A Washington state hospital has apologized for asking benefactors to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

People are given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. A Washington state hospital has apologized for asking benefactors to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

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A Washington state hospital has apologized for asking about 100 donors to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination, The Seattle Times reports.

What happened?

The Seattle Times obtained an email from the Overlake Medical Center, which asked benefactors to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • “We’re pleased to share that we have 500 new open appointments in the Overlake COVID-19 vaccine clinic,” the email read.
  • The hospital reportedly sent a special access code to register.

Overlake reportedly sent the email to near 4,000 members of its community, which included “volunteers, retired nurses and physicians, all employees and about 100 donors from our Foundation database,” the hospital said in a statement.

An apology

Overlake apologized for the emails in the statement, saying donors and benefactors could only sign up if they qualified for the vaccine because of age or conditions.

  • “We recognize we made a mistake by including a subset of our donors and by not adopting a broader outreach strategy to fill these appointments, and we apologize,” the statement said.
  • “Our intent and commitment has always been to administer every vaccine made available to us safely, appropriately and efficiently,” the hospital said.

Reaction

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said earlier this week that the emails concerned him, according to CNN.

  • “If, in fact, they were giving preference to some VIP list, that’s not the way to do it,” he said. “That is not acceptable for us. We need to give everybody a fair shot at the vaccine.”

Flashback

Earlier in January, a nursing home in Florida had extra vaccines so they offered vaccines to residents, board members and generous donors, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.