Celebrities paying $25,000 a pop to skip line for COVID-19 vaccines
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Hollywood celebrities, Silicon Valley tech executives, and other high rollers are trying to bribe their personal concierge doctors to put them at the front of the line for Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination once the jabs become available.
Dr. Ehsan Ali, who runs Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, told the paper his office is getting “hundreds of calls every single day” from clients who want VIP access to COVID-19 vaccines – meaning they want to cut to the front of the line ahead of hospital workers and the elderly.
“This is the first time where I have not been able to get something for my patients,” Ali is quoted as saying, noting that his high-profile client list includes celebrity names like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber.
In California, healthcare workers and nursing home residents are the top priority for vaccination, followed by essential workers and those with chronic health conditions. After that, everyone else will have access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Those who appear on television and in movies, however, apparently consider themselves to be more essential than everyone else, and want to be moved to the front of the line because they see themselves as most important.
Dr. Jeff Toll, who reportedly has admitting privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, one of the first hospitals to get the COVID-19 vaccine, recalled that one of his patients, a rich celebrity, asked: “If I donate $25,000 to Cedars, would that help me get in line?” Toll says he responded with a simple no.