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NYC To Prioritize Distribution of COVID Vaccine To Minority Communities


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According to nyc.gov, COVID-19 vaccines may not be widely available to the general public until mid-2021, but it is already getting ready to distribute it in a “socially just” manner.

Once the vaccine is approved and produced, it will likely be given first to people who work in health care and are at increased risk of getting COVID-19. Among the people in these groups are:

  • Nursing home residents
  • People at high risk of complications from COVID-19 because of age or underlying medical conditions
  • Essential workers who interact with the public and who are not able to physically distance

When there are enough vaccine doses available for the general public, the City’s plans will account for health inequities and disparities faced by underserved communities. The City says that “we recognize that underinvestment in these neighborhoods and structural racism are risk factors for COVID-19.”

New York will be implementing an “Equity Action Plan uses a racial justice framework” in distributing the vaccine.

“While every New Yorker has been profoundly affected by COVID-19, the disproportionate impact on Black, Latino, immigrant and low-income communities is unacceptable and must be addressed. The disproportionate impact is compounded by underinvestment and structural racism rooted in existing social, economic and health systems. Now is the time to help our
fellow New Yorkers and the rest of the world understand the consequences of social inequity. We are only as healthy and secure as our least healthy and most at-risk community.”

It is highly unlikely that Hasidic Jews, who were hard hit by COVID, will be prioritized for the vaccine, and the City is expected to continue to battle the Coronavirus among the Orthodox Jews through strict shutdown enforcement, fines and arrests.

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