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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Inequities

Inequities in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution happening around the Country. Some people so eager to get the Vaccine and are even traveling to get it. President Biden announcing this week the U.S. is buying 200 Million more COVID-19 Vaccine doses in an effort to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of this Summer or early Fall.

But in the meantime, who exactly is getting the vaccinations is being called into question. Leaders in New York City say a vaccination site in a Latino neighborhood saw an overwhelming number of white people from outside the community show up to get the shot earlier this month, shedding light on a national disparity that shows people of color are being vaccinated at dramatically lower rates than white people.

In Wisconsin, some people upset after Milwaukee Bucks Senior VP Alex Lasry, who is 33-years-old, tweeted saying he was vaccinated this week after a family member had access to unused doses. Lasry says it was happenstance, a situation he and his pregnant wife are grateful for.

Wisconsin Health Officials say vaccinating people who are not eligible is typically a use it or lose it situation. Julie Willems Van Dijk of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services saying: “Once you’ve gone into a vile in a day you can’t just put it back in the refrigerator and use the rest tomorrow, you have to empty that particular vile.”

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