Race and ethnicity may be deciding factors in essential workers getting vaccine prioritization

Race and ethnicity could be the deciding factors in determining which essential workers will be second in line for vaccination for the coronavirus.

Defenders of this position say COVID-19 harms a higher percentage of racial and ethnic minorities, and so they should be prioritized by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the committee within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention charged with constructing a plan for allocating the vaccine. The committee is set to unveil its recommendations Tuesday.

“If you look at the burden of disease and death in the U.S., it is disproportionately impacting communities of color,” Grace Lee, a member of ACIP and professor of pediatrics at
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