New York City First Lady Chirlane McRae received the Kovid-19 vaccine Tuesday afternoon at King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn as New York City health officials tried to address a racial disparity in its vaccine rollout.
Ms. McRae, who is 66, meets the state’s current age requirement, allowing New Yorkers over 65 years of age to get vaccinated. Her husband, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is 59 years old.
So far, Black and Latino residents have received Very low dose of vaccine compared to white residentsEven though communities of color were most commonly killed by the virus. The City Demographic Data Incomplete, but the most recently available data shows that about 375,000 city dwellers who received a single dose of a vaccine and whose race was recorded were about 46 percent white, 16 percent Latino, 16 percent Asian Were and 12 percent were black.
Latino and Black residents were particularly depicted: the city’s population is about 29 percent Latino and 24 percent Black.
The city’s Health Department has inspired Black and Latino New Yorkers to get vaccinated, hoping to overcome the vaccine’s hesitation, in light of history Unethical medical research In the United States. But Mr. de Blasio said last week that he and his wife, who are black, would not receive the vaccine until they met the state’s eligibility criteria, citing a desire to reassure New Yorkers That this process was fair and just.
“People need to see that people they know, people trust them and are getting the honor vaccine,” Mr. de Blasio said at a news conference. “They also need to know that priorities are being respected and those who need it most are getting it first.”
After receiving her shot, a dose of the Pfizer-BioNotech vaccine, Ms. McRae encouraged qualified New Yorkers to sign up for vaccine appointments – though Reach those appointments, Which are listed on dozens of unequal websites, is one of the barriers to uniform distribution of the vaccine.
“There’s really nothing to fear,” Ms. McRae said of the vaccine being vaccinated. “We want to do this for our families, we want to do this for our loved ones, and of course we want to do it for our city.”
As of Tuesday, New York City had administered more than one million doses of the vaccine. Mr de Blasio had hoped that several doses were provided in January alone, but he blamed Supply shortage To slow down.