Route Fifty: My Emergency Room Is Full of Patients No Vaccine Can Help

Route Fifty: My Emergency Room Is Full of Patients No Vaccine Can Help. “After 10 months of witnessing the coronavirus’s destructive capacity, on December 16 I joined thousands of health-care workers across the country and received my initial dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. I felt hope for the first time since March, when Covid-19 patients started streaming into my emergency room. My colleagues and I would now have one more layer of protection in our fight against the virus. My relief was short-lived. Walking back into the emergency room, I once again felt the despair brought on by the pandemic; the vaccines won’t help any of the Covid-19 patients I am currently treating, or those who will come in during my next shift.”

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