The selfishness of Hollywood knows no bounds, and entertainment elites are not above using their money to get special treatment that could cause harm to others.
Variety reported Monday that Hollywood doctors are being offered bribes of up to $10,000 to vaccinate elites including entertainment figures, that don’t yet qualify to receive it.
Impatient with a sluggish rollout in California, entertainment figures and other elites in Los Angeles and other places have been going to private doctors and medical concierge services in an attempt to get one of the two available vaccines even though they don’t qualify by age or employment status.
Desperate elites offer bribes
Beverly Hills-based Dr. Robert Huizenga, who appeared as a medical advisor on The Biggest Loser, told Variety that he has been offered upwards of $10,000 by desperate elites.
“We’ve been offered bribes. We see people taking planes to every location. We’ve seen people try to transiently get into the healthcare profession or on staff at nursing homes, so they qualify for an early vaccine,” he said.
“You can’t really blame them for pulling out all the stops,” he continued. “The state and the government have set up a system that is really horrendous.”
California recently reduced the minimum age to qualify for the vaccine from 75 to 65, and health care workers are also eligible to get vaccinated under their guidelines.
“It’s like The Hunger Games“
One anonymous member of the Hollywood entertainment community said, “It’s like The Hunger Games out there” in reference to the vaccine rules and the increasing desperation of many in the community to protect themselves against the virus.
Several members of the Hollywood community that do qualify for the virus due to age have recently posted their vaccinations on social media.
Harrison Ford, 78, booked his own vaccine appointment at El Camino Community College in Torrance last week and waiting in line for 2 1/2 hours to get his vaccine. 73-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger also got his vaccine with the general public, according to Variety.
Other VIPs, however, don’t want to wait in lines or mingle with the general public.
Dr. Art Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at the NYU School of Medicine, slammed wealthy people who want to jump the line or get special treatment, however.
“It’s bad behavior. It should not be condoned. We should find ways to penalize it,” he told Variety. “We’ve got 91-year-olds waiting, health care workers waiting. People who are wealthy can easily find ways to quarantine, mask, and stay isolated for another month or two, and more vaccine will become available.”