Houston Mayor Thinks Minorities Should Get Preferential Treatment
Biden has not done much other than continue to follow Trump's plan in doling out vaccines to Americans. He has bought more vaccines but that should be a given that it would be necessary. As it stands many medical professionals and first responders have been getting vaccinated. Right now if you are over 65 you can also qualify to get the vaccine. But it should be going to the most vulnerable Americans namely those with compromised immune systems and over 65 first. But a Houston Mayor is upset, he feels that minorities are not getting enough vaccines. In fact, he wants fewer vaccines to go to white people.
"Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner held a press conference Saturday pushing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution equity.
"We need to be a lot more intentional and directional," said Mayor Turner. "Equity has to be built in to all of our strategies."
The Mayor was joined by several local and state representatives. Many of the lawmakers spoke and agreed with Turner.
"We’re demanding that you rollout the vaccine as it should be rolled out, to communities of color," said Texas State Senator Borris Miles.
According to Houston’s Health Department, the majority of people severely impacted so far by COVID-19 in the city have been Black or Hispanic. However, Mayor Turner says these communities aren’t the ones receiving Coronavirus vaccines.
"We know which communities the virus is spreading in," said Dr. David Persse from Houston’s Health Department. "Therefore, it’s those communities we are obligated to spend most of our effort and time."
On Saturday, Mayor Turner told reporters that 43% of vaccine recipients so far in Houston have been white. In comparison, 21% have been Hispanic, 18% black, and 15% Asian.
"We need speed but we need equity," said Turner. "Otherwise, people of color are going to be on the back-end and the [fatality] numbers are going to continue to go up."
But what is he really expecting? The United States is still 60% white, so if you divvy the vaccine out fairly, white people are going to get more of the vaccine. This isn't an issue about race, and it's wrong that Mayor Sylvester Turner is trying to make it into one