COUNCIL PRESIDENT PARKER REQUESTING MEETING WITH STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ON RACIAL BREAKDOWN OF VACCINE DISTRIBUTION AND STRATEGIES MOVING FORWARD
PRESS RELEASE Thursday, February 11, 2021
Contact: Kim Garner
Council President William Parker is requesting a meeting with state health officials on equitable vaccine distribution for Birmingham’s predominately Black communities. The Alabama Department of Health recently released data detailing the demographic breakdown of people who have received a vaccine. Parker called the ratios ‘alarming’.
According to numbers provided as of February 10th, out of the total number of people who have received the vaccine, 228,792 (54.7%) were White. Only 45,138 (10.8%) were Black. There are also 14,482 (3.5%) that are listed as unknown, and 123,157 (29.4%) that were not reported.
Across the United States, African-American communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, which has put healthcare disparities on full display. President Parker is asking for state officials to discuss strategies to ensure that vaccines are being distributed equitably.
Last month, the Birmingham Park Board approved an item that would allow for recreation centers throughout the city to be used as vaccine distribution sites.
“We are entering into a very crucial time in our fight against COVID-19. It’s critical that vaccines are distributed as quickly and as efficiently as possible especially to groups who are more at risk for serious infection,” President Parker said. “I look forward to working with our state officials to determine our best path forward to maximize vaccination efforts here.”
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