Marketplace: Online COVID Vaccination Sign-Up Poses Hurdles for Vulnerable Populations (February 1, 2021)
For people who aren’t comfortable with technology or who aren’t online at all? The current system can be a major barrier to landing a vaccination appointment right now, and not just in New York City.
“There’s been, unfortunately, so much conversation about who should be in what phase, and not nearly as much attention on, how do we actually make sure that the people we’re prioritizing can get the vaccine in their arm?” said Denny Chan, an attorney with the legal advocacy organization Justice in Aging. Chan said there’s a lot of overlap between people who don’t have good internet access or any at all and those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 in terms of age, income and race and ethnicity. “There’s a lot of intersectionality, when we think about the equity issues.”