Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution: Moving to a Race Conscious Approach for a Racially Disparate Problem

J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 Aug;8(4):799-802. doi: 10.1007/s40615-021-01051-2. Epub 2021 May 4.


Strikingly ignoring the critical impact of systemic racism in vulnerabilities to the deadly coronavirus, phase one of the vaccine rollout is not reaching the Black population that has suffered the most from COVID. An urgent need exists for a race-conscious approach that ensures equitable opportunities to both access and receive the vaccines.

Keywords: Blacks; COVID-19; Comorbidities; Hyper-segregation; Legacy pollutants; Poverty; Race-blind vaccine rollout; Reputational equity.

MeSH terms

  • Black or African American / statistics & numerical data
  • COVID-19 / ethnology*
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control
  • COVID-19 Vaccines / supply & distribution*
  • Health Care Rationing / methods*
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Racism / prevention & control*
  • United States / epidemiology


  • COVID-19 Vaccines