New York Metropolis’s first woman, Chirlane McCray, acquired a coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday afternoon at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, as New York Metropolis well being officers attempt to handle a stark racial disparity in its vaccine rollout.
Ms. McCray, who’s 66, meets the state’s present age requirement that permits New Yorkers older than 65 years of age to get the vaccine. Her husband, Mayor Invoice de Blasio, who’s 59, doesn’t.
Up to now, Black and Latino residents have acquired far fewer doses of a vaccine than white residents, despite the fact that communities of colour have been hit hardest by the virus. The metropolis’s demographic knowledge is incomplete however the latest knowledge out there exhibits that of practically 375,000 metropolis residents who acquired one dose of a vaccine and whose race was recorded, about 46 p.c had been white, 16 p.c had been Latino, 16 p.c had been Asian and 12 p.c had been Black.
Latino and Black residents had been notably underrepresented: Town’s inhabitants is roughly 29 p.c Latino and 24 p.c Black.
Town’s well being division has made a push to encourage Black and Latino New Yorkers to get vaccinated when they’re eligible, hoping to deal with vaccine hesitancy, in gentle of the historical past of unethical medical analysis in america. However Mr. de Blasio mentioned final week that he and his spouse, who’s Black, wouldn’t obtain the vaccine till they met state eligibility standards, citing a need to reassure New Yorkers that the method was truthful and equitable.
“Individuals must see that people they know, people they belief and respect are getting the vaccine,” Mr. de Blasio mentioned at a information convention. “In addition they must know that the priorities are being revered and people who want it most are getting it first.”
After receiving her shot, Ms. McCray inspired eligible New Yorker to join vaccine appointments — although entry to these appointments, that are listed on dozens of disparate web sites, has been one of many limitations to the equitable distribution of the vaccine.
“There actually is nothing to be afraid of,” Ms. McCray mentioned of being vaccinated. “We need to do that for our households, we need to do that for our family members, and naturally we need to do it for our metropolis.”
As of Tuesday, New York Metropolis had administered greater than one million doses of vaccine. Mr. de Blasio had hoped to supply that many doses in January alone however has blamed a lack of provide for the slower tempo.