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CCO Launches Petition to Hospitals Over Grave Racial Inequities in Vaccine Distribution
Communities Creating Opportunity has started a petition, addressed specifically to the CEOs of five KC-area hospitals and generally to all KC healthcare providers receiving vaccines from the state, to address the racial inequities in local vaccine distribution . . .
The petition, viewed at https://www.change.org/p/kc-healthcare-providers-bring-vaccines-to-black-brown-communities, calls upon healthcare providers to send mobile units into and host vaccination events in black and brown communities, highlighting the unacceptability of most vaccines going to whiter, wealthier, healthier areas thus far. CCO lifts up Truman Medical Center's visit to Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church as an example.
The petition further calls for each hospital to do a press conference, vowing to address this terrible inequity, and to issue public, weekly reports on their progress, tracking how many events, mobile unit deployments, and vaccines are taken into low-income minority areas.
"We all knew this was coming," says Danise Hartsfield, Executive Director of CCO. "When low-income people of color don't have the same access to the vaccine as others, we need to expand access. The hospitals must step up."
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