The wealthy and highly effective are skipping to the entrance of the road to get the COVID-19 vaccine … and Hollywood’s elite are going to nice lengths to get the photographs.
Tinseltown’s titans are utilizing each trick within the ebook to get vaccinated … non-public and boutique physicians, concierge well being providers, non-public flights to Florida for vaccine tourism … and people are simply the authorized avenues, in keeping with Variety.
In Beverly Hills, Dr.Robert Huizenga claims his follow is getting provided five-figure bribes from people determined to get the photographs, together with energy gamers within the leisure trade. The doc additionally advised Variety persons are making an attempt to skip the vaccine traces by dubiously getting employed within the healthcare trade.
There’s additionally allegations of big-time hospital donors making an attempt to twist arms for early entry to vaccines, and rich purchasers pressuring concierge docs to search out the hookup.
The mad sprint for vaccines in California are partly a results of the state’s gradual rollout and eligibility necessities … to get a shot, it’s essential work in healthcare or be at the very least 65 years previous.
Still, a couple of celebs are getting photographs similar to everybody else toiling on the ready lists, with no humorous enterprise concerned. 73-year-old Arnold Schwarzeneggerwaited in line at Dodger Stadium’s mass vaccination website, whereas 78-year-old Harrison Fordreportedly booked his personal appointment final week and waited in line for two 1/2 hours at an LA-area group faculty.
Some of the loopholes are closing … Florida’s cracking down on vaccine tourism, with folks now being required to indicate proof of residency to get a shot. However, the wealthy and highly effective at the moment are mentioned to be pulling the identical stunts in Hawaii.
We’ve advised you about a few of these points earlier than … like COVID vaccines going to non-priority folks, though it was really a great factor for L.A.
But, as one prime Hollywood exec put it to Variety … “It’s ‘The Hunger Games’ out there.”