Cuomo Says He Won’t Get Vaccine Until Black, Hispanic, Poor Communities Can

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he won’t receive the coronavirus vaccine until Black, Hispanic and poor New Yorkers in his age group are able to receive it.

Cuomo made the pledge Sunday during recorded remarks to the congregation at Abyssinian Baptist Church.

Cuomo is considered an essential worker and would be eligible to receive the vaccine in the second phase of distribution, after health care workers and nursing home residents and staff.

But he says he will wait until it is available to the general public, including underserved communities.

“I am committed to social and racial justice in the distribution of this vaccine. It will be available as fairly and as quickly as we can make it happen. Race or income will not determine who lives and who dies. And I mean it,” he said.

“And that’s why I say to you today that I want to take the vaccine. I move around a lot and come into contact with many people and I would feel much safer if I took the vaccine, but I will not take the vaccine until the vaccine is available for my group in Black, Hispanic, and poor communities around the state.”

Cuomo noted that the pandemic has exposed racial disparities in the health care system, both in the availability of testing and the rates of infection and fatalities.

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