Vaccine equity now! The coalition calls for transparency and accountability

February 19, 2022

Vaccine equity now! The Coalition issued a statement on February 15, responding to “Governor Charlie Baker’s decision to veto the Legislature’s supplementary budget provision requiring the Secretary of State for Health and Human Services to prepare and implement a “detailed and comprehensive” plan. COVID-19[female[feminine vaccine equity plan. Since the coalition was formed last year, it has repeatedly called for inequalities, especially racial ones, to be addressed in the state’s rollout of the vaccine.

An excerpt from the statement can be found below:

“We understand the administration’s legitimate concern that eliminating immunization disparities within 120 days is not feasible given the magnitude of the disparities,” Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition Co-Chair, Dr. Atyia Martin of Next Leadership Development, Elizabeth Sweet of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and Carlene Pavlos of the Massachusetts Public Health Association. “We agree that the building blocks needed to eliminate vaccine inequity are not yet in place in Massachusetts, so real equity will take longer to achieve.

“However, we are deeply concerned that the administration has announced that it will produce a vaccine equity plan within 30 days of the bill’s passage, without seeking meaningful input from the most vulnerable communities. Inequalities in immunization rates happen at the community level, and designing a plan that is not guided by the wisdom of those working on the ground will only replicate and deepen the mistakes of the past. Exclusion of the voice of the community violates an important element of fairness – procedural justice.

“When state officials tout Massachusetts’ high statewide vaccination rates using aggregated statewide data, it masks the stark racial and geographic inequalities in vaccination rates. vaccinations that currently exist.

“Statewide, vaccination rates for black and Latino residents are lagging behind rates for white residents. As the gap has narrowed, the most recent statewide data shows that 81% of white residents received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 74% of black residents and 75% of Latinx residents. But when we look in more detail at individual communities, we find that vaccination rates in low-income gateway towns and small towns lag behind wealthy suburbs. For example, in Weston, which has a median household income of more than $200,000, 89% of white residents have been vaccinated, compared to more than 95% of Latino, Black and Asian residents. While in Springfield, which has a median household income of just over $39,000, 81% of white residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 50% of Latinx residents, 59% of black residents and 70% of Asian residents. inhabitants.”


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