“The COVID-19 vaccine rolled out this week, and now there is a debate about which groups should be a priority on the coronavirus vaccine waiting list. The New York Times attempted to answer the question about the COVID-19 priority list in an article titled “The Elderly vs. Essential Workers: Who Should Get the Coronavirus Vaccine First?“, according to Blaze Media.
“The article featured health experts, economists, and epidemiologists to give their insight into who should move to the front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. Much to the shock of many readers, the experts considered race when deciding who received priority in receiving the potentially life-saving vaccine. [emphasis added]
“Dr. Peter Szilagyi, a committee member and a pediatrics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, declared, ‘The issue of ethics is very significant, very important for this country, and clearly favors the essential worker group because of the high proportion of minority, low-income and low-education workers among essential workers.’ [emphasis added]
“Harald Schmidt, an expert in ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told the New York Times, ‘It is reasonable to put essential workers ahead of older adults, given their risks, and that they are disproportionately minorities.’… [emphasis added]
“Marc Lipsitch, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, also hinted that the race of a person should determine who should or should not get priority on the coronavirus waiting list. Lipsitch said that teachers shouldn’t be considered essential workers, ‘if a central goal of the committee is to reduce health inequities.’ [emphasis added]
“‘Teachers have middle-class salaries, are very often white, and they have college degrees,’ Lipsitch told the Times.” [emphasis added]
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