(St. Paul, MN) — Members of Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine allocation panel are disappointed with the state’s vaccination policy when it comes to equity. Three members of the panel and over three-hundred clinicians, researchers and organizations say the state has not prioritized vaccines for Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Asian Minnesotans. Data from the state Department of Health shows that racial and ethnic minorities in the state are dying from the virus at a rate of two-to-four times higher than the white population. Racial and ethnic minorities are also being hospitalized at a rate three-to-five times higher than the white population. Critics of the state’s vaccine allocation say they want transparency from the panel on how decisions are being made when it comes to vaccine allocation as basing it on age is not enough.
Minnesota Falling Behind On Equitable And Ethical COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation
By Ashley Hanley|2021-02-11T05:55:47-06:00February 11th, 2021|
About the Author: Ashley Hanley
Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!