A vaccine provider, encouraged by Washington state’s Department of Health, is delaying white people from signing up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the name of racial equity.
According to reports from Jason Rantz, The African American Reach and Teach Health Ministry (AARTH) is automatically deferring white people who try to register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment to a standby list based on race. Only when the waitlist of black, indigenous, and other people of color receive their vaccine first, will white people will be called about scheduling a time to receive their shot.
The state does not appear to have a problem with AARTH’s system because they claim that black people are faced with enough “systemic inequities” in health care to justify prioritizing them.
“Prioritization is designed to address current inequities and barriers to accessing vaccine, and get the people who are at highest risk vaccinated first while federal vaccine supply remains limited,” a spokesperson for the state’s