Pediatrician threatened for vaccinating children
Owner of Miracle Mile Pediatrics Dr. Monica Asnani is inundated with children coming for the Pfizer injection, now available for 5 to 11 year olds. But she’s getting hate messages for it now.
THE ANGELS – A stranger left a hateful message to a pediatrician, saying that she should be “imprisoned” and that her “license should be revoked” for giving children the COVID-19 vaccine.
Owner of Miracle Mile Pediatrics Dr. Monica Asnani is inundated with children coming for the Pfizer injection, now available for 5 to 11 year olds. Her nurses gave the vaccine to 50 patients in a four-hour window on Friday afternoon, two and a half times more patients than she would normally see in that time frame.
“The vaccine is great,” said Dr. asnani. “It’s a modern scientific marvel and we’re just happy to offer it to those who really want it and waited 18 months to get it.”
But not everyone is happy with it. A woman whose voice she didn’t recognize left a message on her office phone on Thursday that read: “You should have your driver’s license revoked and you should be in jail. COVID is not a threat to children. Children die six times more from the flu then COVID. You are disgusting and you should be jailed (expletive).
“It’s very disheartening that we’re being targeted by such a vitriol while we’re all trying to protect our patients,” said Dr. asnani. “The COVID virus doesn’t affect children as much as adults, but it affects children randomly and we never know which one will be hospitalized, which one will have COVID or MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) for a long time.”
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Frances Petty, 10, was one of the recipients of Dr. asnani.
“I feel better and safer,” Petty said. “You can now play with your best friend in the house without masks,” added her mother, Sarah Langan.
“I think getting the vaccine is better than having COVID,” said Nico Robinson, 9, as he and his siblings got the shot. “It just felt like a sharp sniff.”
dr. Asnani says many of her colleagues across the country face hatred similar to her voicemail. She says it’s hard and sometimes scary. But that she will continue to do what she truly believes in.
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“I just feel more comfortable now that she’s had the first shot,” Langan said. “I’ll feel better when she’s had the second shot and everyone in the house has been vaccinated.”
“I feel really good,” Petty added, showing her band-aid. “I feel relieved.”
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