Should residents of hard-hit cities and towns be vaccinated before other groups? Some epidemiologists think so
Boston Globe - 12/23/2020
Samuel Scarpino, an assistant professor and head of the Emergent Epidemics Lab at Northeastern University, said states have an ethical imperative to use the vaccine to address the health inequities amplified by the pandemic, and communities that have suffered the worst should be prioritized.
“It’s clear in the data some individuals in essential roles are at much higher risk for infection than others,” Scarpino said. Decades of racism and xenophobia have allowed health disparities among people of color to flourish, he said, exacerbating the risks and consequences of catching COVID-19 as a result.