The following was written by a Jewish crew member on a volunteer ambulace. Minor edits were made by YWN:
So we just arrived at Columbia Hospital with a baby on board the Ambulance.
The first question as we walked through the door was not what type emergency we have, but what zip code we are coming from.
They stopped us in the hallway, made us put on masks, and waited for the entire ER staff to put masks on.
Three EMT’S and two parents were treated like contaminated people from a 3rd World Country, rushed into an isolation room, before being asked why we are here. Thank God we had a stable patient.
I’m not blaming the hospital. I’m not even sure who to blame for this. But all I know is that this was veryery uncomfortable experience. I’m pretty sure that a non-Jewish EMS unit would not be asked what zip code they are coming from.
So before you go in front of a camera and somehow try to turn your anti-vaxxers agenda into a religious thing or Jewish issue, think about the unstable baby coming into the hospital and treatment being delayed because of your actions.
This is no joke.
You are putting kids life’s in danger because of your selfishness.
A Hatzolah member.
Below is a statement Columbia hospital released last week, regarding policy amidst the measles outbreak:
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)