Governor Baker: We demand vaccine equity now!
Please use this form to sign on to the Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition petition letter to Governor Baker. To download a one-pager of our demands and full list of coalition member organizations, visit this link:
Gobernador Baker: !Exigimos Equidad en la Vacunación del COVID-19 Ahora!
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Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
24 Beacon St., Room 280
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Governor Baker,

In Massachusetts, Black, Latinx and immigrant communities suffer a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 rates, hospitalizations and deaths. The COVID-19 vaccine should be instrumental in moving the state towards recovery; however, rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has only exacerbated existing inequities. White residents have received the vast majority of the state’s vaccine doses thus far. As of February 11, 2021, White residents received over 12 times more doses than Black residents and 16 times more doses than Latinx residents.  

We, the undersigned, stand with civil rights and immigrant justice leaders of the Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition to demand a vaccine response in Massachusetts that prioritizes communities hardest hit by the pandemic. We ask that you take these immediate actions: 

1: Direct $10 million to trusted community organizations for outreach & engagement in communities of color
Historical and contemporary experiences of racism and discrimination have led to higher levels of earned distrust in Black, Latinx, immigrant, and low-income communities, and among people who are incarcerated. Funds should be immediately dedicated to trusted community organizations in these communities to engage residents, provide accurate information, and address concerns. These organizations have trusting relationships and know how to reach and effectively engage residents.

2: Immediately implement the promised 20% additional doses for the most impacted communities
The Baker Administration has promised this enhanced vaccine allocation for communities most impacted by COVID-19 - but has failed to deliver. This must be implemented immediately and should be defined by the zip code of residents receiving the vaccine, not the location of the clinic. These additional allocations must be available in all regions of the state and should be distributed through partnerships with community organizations and mobile vaccination programs, among other methods.

3: Set clear goals & track vaccine benchmarks that mirror the disproportionate impact on Black & Latinx residents
Black and Latinx residents have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, yet are receiving vaccines at far lower rates than White residents. In order to change this, the Baker Administration must establish and monitor clear goals to provide vaccines that mirror the proportion of hospitalizations experienced by each racial group - meaning at least 10% and 15% of doses for Black and Latinix residents, respectively - larger than their share of the population. To date, the vaccine rates of Latinx and Black residents have been alarmingly low, at only 3.9% and 5.1%, respectively. For transparency, de-identified raw data must be available for public analysis, with strong privacy protections in place.

4: Improve language access & cultural competence across all aspects of vaccine outreach & administration
All aspects of the vaccine distribution - including the website, call center, print materials, staff at vaccine sites, and media campaigns - must be inclusive of residents who speak Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Vietnamese, Khmer, and Mandarin, among other languages. Health care professionals and residents of color, as well as those from diverse language backgrounds, should be engaged in the production of the state’s mass media campaign.

5: Appoint a vaccine czar with authority & accountability to address vaccine inequities
Governor Baker should immediately appoint a senior-level director of COVID-19 vaccination equity and outreach whose sole focus will be eliminating inequities in COVID-19 vaccination rates rooted in racism and discrimination, distrust of government, and differential access to information, transportation, and other resources.

The Commonwealth must work towards COVID-19 recovery for all, particularly in Black, Latinx and immigrant communities. The above actions, taken together, will redistribute resources and power to address major gaps in vaccine distribution by race and ethnicity. 

Thank you,

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