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SHAUN DONOVAN CALLS TO ADDRESS COVID-19 VACCINE RACIAL DISPARITIES

Recent data released by the NYC Department of Health has revealed that despite representing 24 percent of the city’s population, Black New Yorkers have only received 11 percent of COVID-19 vaccinations. Among the aging population, ages 65 and older, only 9 percent of COVID-19 vaccine recipients were African-American.

NEW YORK, NY — Today, the first day of Black History Month, New York City Mayoral Candidate Shaun Dononvan called on the city, state, and federal government to immediately address the unacceptable disparities impacting Black New Yorkers as it relates to New York City’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout:

“Black history month should be a time to celebrate the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to New York City and our country as a whole. Tragically however, we are also reminded of the myriad injustices and inequalities faced by the Black community, which have yet to be meaningfully addressed. Most recently, I was deeply disturbed by reports showing that despite making up 24 percent of our city’s population, Black New Yorkers are receiving far fewer doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, representing only 11 percent of city residents who have received their first shots,” said NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan. “Meanwhile, white New Yorkers represented nearly 50 percent of all vaccine recipients, even though they only account for 44 percent of New York City’s population. This is injustice, and it must end. The city, state, and federal government must immediately address these disparities by making vaccines more accessible for all New Yorkers and prioritizing the zip codes and communities that have been hardest hit by this pandemic. Black communities here and across the country have been ravaged by this pandemic, and ensuring that they have adequate access to vaccinations is the first step in helping these communities recover. ”

According to recent data released by the NYC Department of Health, of the nearly 300,000 New Yorkers who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and whose race was recorded, about 48 percent were white, 15 percent were Latino, 15 percent were Asian, and 11 percent were Black. However, Latino and Black residents were severely underrepresented given that the city’s population is roughly 24 percent Black and 29 percent Latinx.

As Mayor, Donovan is committed to enacting policies that address these disparities, and others, that have been further highlighted and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as closing the racial wealth gap and ensuring the Black and Brown New Yorkers are able to live in more accessible neighborhoods. One such proposal Donovan has put forward are Equity Bonds, which would seek to close the racial wealth gap by placing $1,000 in the savings account of every New York child, with annual deposits of up to $2,000 for public, charter, and low-income private school students.

“The racial disparities that we are seeing due to the COVID-19 pandemic are not new and remind us that those who are the most vulnerable going into a crisis are likely to be hit the hardest during and after that crisis. New Yorkers need a leader who recognizes this and has bold and comprehensive plans to address these historic inequities and make our city a city that works for everyone — not just the white, wealthy, or well-connected,” Donovan continued. “That’s why my Campaign of Ideas has introduced some of the most-detailed policy proposals, such as Equity Bonds and 15 Minute Nieghborhoods, which get at the heart of addressing these injustices and provide bold and actionable policies to improve the lives of Black New Yorkers and other vulnerable communities in our city.”

For more information on Donovan’s plan entitled, Equity Bonds: Leveling the Playing Field, Eradicating Poverty and Building Wealth for all New Yorkers, please visit: https://shaunfornyc.com/equity-bonds/.

For more information on Donovan’s Jobs Plan that Rebuilds the Economy For All New Yorkers, and a ‘15 Minute Neighborhoods’ Plan for a Brighter, More Equitable Future, please visit: https://shaunfornyc.com/issues/economic-development/.

Source: Shaun for NYC Press Office

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