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Baptist Health Silent On Report Saying It Put Donors In Front Of COVID Vaccine Line

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JOSE A IGLESIAS JIGLESIAS@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM
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The Miami Herald
A nurse prepares to start vaccinations at the Hilton Dadeland Hotel next to Baptist Hospital in Miami-Dade on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Baptist Health began administering the first COVID-19 vaccines for their eligible front-line healthcare workers. On New Year’s Day, Baptist’s foundation offered vaccines to its donors before offering them to the public.

During a time when many seniors were battling to get a vaccine appointment, South Florida’s largest not-for-profit hospital system, Baptist Health of South Florida, ushered COVID-19 vaccines to its top donors before offering them to the public.

The CEO of Baptist Health’s fund-raising foundation, Alexandra Villoch, emailed more than 3,000 wealthy Baptist donors on New Year’s Day offering up the sought-after vaccines, about a week before Baptist launched a website for the general public to secure vaccine appointments.

The email, which was first reported by Politico, advertised the vaccine in what it described as an expansion of “immunization efforts to include broader community members related to Baptist Health, such as our Giving Society members who meet the designated criteria.”

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.