27 May Wesson Calls For Prioritization of COVID-19 Vaccinations to High-risk Populations
Wesson calls for a plan to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations when available to high-risk populations
“We’ve honored these essential workers by clapping on our doorsteps and Thunderbird fly overs. But that’s not enough,” said Wesson. “The systemic economic and racial inequality has become clearer than ever during this crisis. We’ve seen our country’s inequality at play when the testing first began and wealthier communities received access before poorer communities of color.”
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health data, on April 1st the highest rates of reported coronavirus infections were in wealthy areas of Los Angeles County such as Beverly Crest, Hancock Park, the City of West Hollywood, and Bel Air. Today those areas are considered to be the least infected. Less affluent areas in LA County such as Saugus, City of Industry, Vermont Square, and Florence-Firestone have in some areas eight times the case rate as Beverly Crest.
“We know what will happen if it’s a free-for-all,” said Wesson. “Those with privilege and access will be saved first. These Black, Latino, and API communities, vulnerable populations such as seniors, and essential workers must receive the vaccine first. Maybe this is the first step to righting these wrongs of the past. This is how we honor the people who have kept our country running.”
The motion, introduced today, would instruct the City of Los Angeles’ Emergency Management Department to work with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to coordinate and develop a vaccination plan.