CDC Considers Distributing COVID Vaccine In Order Of Priority Determined By Race
According to The New York Times, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with an advisory committee of outside experts, is considering distributing the first doses of a new coronavirus vaccine in an order of priority that would place people of color at the front of the line.
- The Times noted that an effective vaccine “could be on the market this winter but could require many additional months to become widely available to Americans.”
- CDC officials and the outside adviser have been working on a ranking system, with a preliminary plan that would offer the vaccine “to vital medical and national security officials first, and then to other essential workers and those considered at high risk.”
- Also under consideration is “putting Black and Latino people, who have disproportionately fallen victim to Covid-19, ahead of others in the population.”
- The newspaper reported that “some medical experts are not convinced there is a scientific basis for such an option, foresee court challenges or worry that prioritizing minority groups would erode public trust in vaccines at a time when immunization is seen as crucial to ending the pandemic.”
“Giving it to one race initially and not another race, I’m not sure how that would be perceived by the public, how that would affect how vaccines are viewed as a trusted public health measure,” said Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers, a group represented on the committee.