An increasing number of reports indicate that rich white people are using their wealth and prestige to secure doses of the coronavirus vaccines by traveling to Black and brown neighborhoods, where statistics show the immunizations are needed the most. The reports come as the U.S. supply of coronavirus vaccines are drying up.
In New York City, which at one point was considered to be the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S., local news outlet The City reported on Tuesday that there were “so many white people” being vaccinated in the Washington Heights neighborhood that is home to mostly Dominicans. City officials have announced they expect doses of the vaccine to run out by the end of the week.
Most people weren’t even from any of the five boroughs of New York City.
Simply put, I’ve never seen so many white people in Washington Heights. 2/
— Dr.Susana Bejar MD (@DrSusanaBejar) January 24, 2021
In one egregious case outside of the U.S., a wealthy Canadian couple was privileged enough to charter a private plane to fly to get vaccinated in a part of the country where doses were being reserved for “Indigenous elders,” according to the Washington Post.
While President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday his plans to secure millions of more doses, the people being affected the most by the pandemic are being forced to go without the vaccine even though, in theory, they should have had the vaccines made available to them. Black and brown people have been dying at a rate of nearly three times their white counterparts.
And it’s not just in New York City either. Across the country where there are pockets of Black and brown populations, there are reports of a lack of access to the vaccine for those communities.
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that her administration plans to increase the number of doses to the city Black and brown communities because those are the groups that have been hit the hardest there.
In Boston, the main problem is access to the vaccine for the city’s Black and brown neighborhoods. The Boston Globe found that Blacks and Latinos in Suffolk County, which includes Boston, will “more likely to have to travel farther than white residents for a coveted dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.” Like in Chicago and New York, Boston’s Black and Latino communities are affected the most by the pandemic.
It is a familiar story in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, too: “Just as low-income neighborhoods tended to get hit harder by COVID-19 spread, wealthier neighborhoods are getting their shots at a faster rate,” the Miami Herald reported.
Perhaps even worse, in Dallas, county commissioners wanted to prioritize Black communities for the vaccine, but the state of Texas said no.
The New York Times reported that the wealthy are maneuvering to get the vaccine first, but there was no guarantee they’d be successful in their efforts.
In the meantime, tens of thousands of appointments for vaccinations have been getting canceled while COVID-19 ravages the U.S. during what has been the nation’s deadliest month of the pandemic with at least 80,000 lives lost in January, and counting…
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Notable Black Folks Who Have Contracted The Coronavirus
1. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist
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2. Gil Bailey, radio pioneer2 of 57
3. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayorSource:Getty 3 of 57
4. Herman Cain, former presidential candidateSource:Getty 4 of 57
5. Nick Cannon, entertainerSource:Getty 5 of 57
6. Ben CarsonSource:Getty 6 of 57
7. Dave Chappelle, comedianSource:Getty 7 of 57
8. Rep. Bonnie Watson ColemanSource:Getty 8 of 57
9. Manu DibangoSource:Getty 9 of 57
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11. Kevin DurantSource:Getty 11 of 57
12. Larry Edgeworth
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Prayers to the family of NBC’s Larry Edgeworth 💔🙏🏽 and my former colleagues at 30 Rock. He died after testing positive for #coronavirus. Larry would always offer to help me ...even after I moved to CBS. He just wanted to see another brother win. #IAmMyBrothersKeeper Rest 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/TyXbiHs30d— DeMarco Morgan (@DeMarcoReports) March 20, 2020
13. Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsSource:Getty 13 of 57
14. Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba
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This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
15. Patrick Ewing, basketball legendSource:Getty 15 of 57
16. Ronald Fenty, Rihanna's dadSource:Getty 16 of 57
17. Vivica A. Fox, actressSource:Getty 17 of 57
18. Jimmy Glenn, legendary boxing trainerSource:Getty 18 of 57
19. Rudy Gobert
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20. Louis Gossett Jr., actor, philanthropistSource:Getty 20 of 57
21. Lee Green
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It is with much sadness to inform all in my SJU family that we lost Lee Green to Covid-19 today. A Parade All-American who played 3 years at #SJUBB Lee was our warrior on those teams. A true lock em up defender that relished shutting down the best opponents. RIP Lee🙏🏻 #gone2soon pic.twitter.com/X4TIPbVvoU— Ron Linfonte (@SJU5) March 24, 2020
22. Charles Gregory, Tyler Perry's makeup artrist
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23. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driverSource:Getty 23 of 57
24. Samuel Hargress Jr., owner of legendary Harlem nightclub
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Thank You for your friendship Sam! 💔#RIP💔 Harlem's Paris Blues Jazz Club has been a celebrated local music joint since 1969, playing live jazz and blues nightly. It's owner and manager, Mr. Samuel Hargress Jr., has been in the club nearly every day for the past 51 years. 💫🔥💫 pic.twitter.com/oSM9Cbzzdb— B Michael (@bmichaelAmerica) April 15, 2020
25. Conan Harris, Rep. Ayanna Pressley's husbandSource:Getty 25 of 57
26. Mike Huckaby, techno music pioneer and DJ
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R.I.P Mike Huckaby. You will forever continue to change so many peoples lives with your music, technique and mentoring. These clips of Huck are from ‘Detroit The Blueprint Of Techno’ 💔 pic.twitter.com/8t8c83Uy2K— Dark Entries Records (@darkentriesrecs) April 25, 2020
27. Callum Hudson-OdoiSource:Getty 27 of 57
28. DL Hughley, comedian28 of 57
29. Ahmed Ismail Hussein, Somali singer, 92
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BREAKING: One of Somalia’s greatest artists has died in London after contracting Corona Virus. Ahmed Ismail Hussein “Hudeydi” known as the “King of Oud” has been in hospital for four days. He was 92. pic.twitter.com/iCii8vYVVv— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) April 8, 2020
30. Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler
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Last weekend, he passed from COVID-19.
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31. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
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32. Brad "Scarface" JordanSource:Getty 32 of 57
33. DeAndre Jordan, NBA starSource:Getty 33 of 57
34. Tim Lester, NFL starSource:Getty 34 of 57
35. James Mahoney, pulmonologist
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Dr. James Mahoney at University Hospital of Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/SXBxNlzApr— Lieutenant Kijé (@BrianLemaire2) May 19, 2020
36. Ellis Marsalis Jr.Source:Getty 36 of 57
37. DeRay McKessonSource:Getty 37 of 57
38. Von MillerSource:Getty 38 of 57
39. Donovan Mitchell
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40. Wisconsin Rep. Rep. Gwen MooreSource:Getty 40 of 57
41. Lloyd Porter, small business owner in Brooklyn
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Devastated to hear Lloyd Porter has pass away from covid19. Lloyd was a pillar in Brooklyn. His coffee shop Breadstuy is where I met some of my closest friends. He sometimes hired people with records that couldn't easily find work. He believed in community. Rest well Brother— Blitz Bazawule (@BlitzAmbassador) May 7, 2020
42. Charley Pride, country music legendSource:Getty 42 of 57
43. Biden Adviser, Rep. Cedric RichmondSource:Getty 43 of 57
44. Arnie Robinson Jr., Olympian
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Arnie Robinson Jr., who won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, died on Dec. 2 at his home in San Diego. He was 72. https://t.co/lYnpSbWkzO— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) December 16, 2020
45. Wallace RoneySource:Getty 45 of 57
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47. Shaka Smart, University Of Texas Men's Basketball CoachSource:Getty 47 of 57
48. Troy Sneed, gospel singerSource:Getty 48 of 57
49. Oliver "DJ Black N Mild" Stokes Jr.
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New Orleans bounce DJ and radio personality Black N Mild has died after testing positive for coronavirus. For the past 25 years, he also deejayed at countless clubs, parties and other private events across the southeast. pic.twitter.com/2e6mnKhiXQ— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) March 21, 2020
50. Michael Strahan, 'Good Morning America' host, former NFL starSource:Getty 50 of 57
51. Carole Sutton, actressSource:Getty 51 of 57
52. Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes52 of 57
53. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers head coachSource:Getty 53 of 57
54. Karl-Anthony Towns, NBA starSource:Getty 54 of 57
55. Karl-Anthony Towns' parents, Jacqueline Cruz and Karl-Anthony Towns Sr.55 of 57
56. Juan Williams, Fox News HostSource:Getty 56 of 57
57. Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, AlabamaSource:Getty 57 of 57
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