Oregon weighs race-based vaccine preferences

Oregon weighs race-based vaccine preferences

[Ed. – If you’re in one of the primary need groups, as determined by the CDC, you’ll have to wait your turn and somebody else’s.]

States have many factors to consider when allocating their scarce vaccine doses: the age of recipients, medical conditions that put people at risk, and jobs that put workers in contact with the public, to name a few. A committee in Oregon is considering an unusual recommendation to allocate vaccines by race. The proposal is intended to address inequities but would invite legal challenges to a vaccination program that has already been off to a rocky start.

The state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee is a group of 27 individuals tasked with devising “a vaccine sequencing plan focused on health equity to ensure the needs of systemically affected populations, including communities of color, tribal communities and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are met.”

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