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D.C. area officials change vaccine plans amid equity concerns

Added 03-04-21 11:03:01pm EST - “Regional officials are reworking their coronavirus vaccine distribution plans, citing data showing that some minority communities are being underserved.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Regional officials change vaccine plans amid equity concerns”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Regional officials are reworking their coronavirus vaccine distribution plans, citing data showing that some minority communities are being underserved.

“[W]e’re not where we need to be with the Black community or the Hispanic community, and so we’re continuing to take every effort to ramp that up,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday at a press conference announcing the Vaccine Equity Operations Plan.

The new distribution plan will be spearheaded by Army Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead of the Maryland National Guard, who serves as the director of the state’s vaccine equity taskforce.Gen. Birckhead said the plan will use community proposals and socioeconomic factors to establish vaccination clinics in areas that are “vulnerable, underserved, hesitant or hard to reach.”

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According to the Maryland Department of Health, the first dose of the vaccine has been given to about 59% of white residents but only 16% of Black residents and 3% of Hispanic or Latino residents.

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