Coalition blasts Baker’s vaccine rollout

Public health, racial justice and immigrant rights advocates are calling on Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to implement steps to improve the vaccine rollout to better include communities of color and those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The newly formed “Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition” held a virtual press conference on Feb. 17 to share its list of five demands for the Baker administration to follow. Some of the demands include more money, more doses and a point person or vaccine czar focused specifically on vaccine equity.

Carlene Pavlos, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association and the group’s co-chair, said clear goals and data are needed if the administration is serious about having equity be at the center of its rollout.

“For Blacks and Latinx residents of Massachusetts there is a hugely disproportionate share burden of COVID yet a dramatically disproportionate access and uptake of the vaccine,” Pavlos said.

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