A Chicago hospital executive has resigned after it was revealed he offered early vaccines 72 employees at Trump Tower where he owns a $2.7 million condo.
The resignation of Anosh Ahmed, chief operating officer of Loretto Hospital, has sparked calls for the removal of the hospital’s president George Miller – who took responsibility for the vaccinations, news site Block Club Chicago reported.
Ahmed had given 72 employees of former President Donald Trump‘s downtown hotel early access to the vaccine on March 10 and March 11 even though city guidelines do not make hotel employees eligible for the jab until March 29.
‘On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Dr. Ahmed for his contributions to the Loretto Hospital community and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,’ said board chairman Edward Hogan in a statement obtained by Washington Post.
Anosh Ahmed, chief operating officer of Loretto Hospital, resigned he offered early vaccines 72 employees at Trump Tower where he owns a $2.7 million condo
His resignation has sparked calls for the removal of the hospital’s president George Miller – who took responsibility for the vaccinations
Ahmed was seen posing in a photo with Eric Trump in a photo obtained by Block Club Chicago.
‘Vaccinated Eric Trump,’ he said after sharing the photo in a text message in which he also called Trump a ‘cool guy.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Trump Organization, which owns the tower, for more information and additional comment about the vaccination of its employees.
Block Club Chicago also revealed that Ahmed had vaccinated workers at luxury shop Geneva Seal, which sells them for tens of thousands of dollars, and Maple and Ash, a high-end steakhouse where reservations require a $100 deposit.
Hospital executives also held a vaccine event in February at a suburban church attended by Miller – where more than 200 people got the jab.
Loretto Hospital’s statement said Miller authorized the vaccinations and that the Trump employees, who were ‘predominantly black and brown,’ had requested the vaccination event, according to the Washington Post.
‘We were, at the time, under the impression that restaurant and other front line hospitality industry workers were considered ‘essential’ under the City of Chicago’s 1B eligibility requirements,’ Miller said in his statement.
‘I now understand, after subsequent conversations with the Chicago Department of Public Health, that we were mistaken.’
More than 100 people have since signed a petition calling for Miller to be removed from his role.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has called for an independent investigation at Loretto Hospital and said she was ‘disappointed’ that people had been given the coronavirus vaccine early.
‘We have a finite amount of vaccine in the city. We’ve been really, really careful to make sure that we’re using it in a way that prioritizes the most vulnerable people who are most at risk and most at risk of spreading it,’ she said in a news conference.
She added: ‘We just can’t have something like this happen again.’
Earlier this month, it was revealed that a luxury travel booking agency had quietly dropped all Trump Hotels and resorts listings from its elite ‘invitation only’ services – including the Chicago hotel.
Virtuoso Travel, a Texas-based agency specializing in luxury and experiential vacations, dropped all of former President Donald Trump’s hotels that were considered partners, Zenger News revealed.