As America races to vaccinate against COVID-19, line jumpers and racial disparities in distribution emerge
Mar 02, 2021 1 min, 24 secs

ABC News: Cameron Schwartz.

Only one in every 27 people have been vaccinated in the area, despite a staggering one in five having contracted COVID-19 over the past year.

In the neighbourhood of Bel Air, a majority white community where median incomes are around five times the average in Vernon, topping $US200,000, one in four people have been vaccinated, while one in 24 have had coronavirus.

Nurse Anita Zamora, who is the deputy director of community health service Venice Family Clinic, says there are "big disparities" in the vaccine numbers.

ABC News: Cameron Schwartz.

ABC News: Cameron Schwartz.

In one case, white Americans raised eyebrows in DC when they turned up at a community clinic, which serves mainly black Americans, to get the jab.

But others in the community say they haven't been as lucky.

Ms Zamora doesn't think "overt racism" is at play, but she believes a solution has to be found to make sure those who need the vaccine most are prioritised.

ABC News: Cameron Schwartz.

ABC News: Cameron Schwartz.

ABC News: Cameron Schwartz.

ABC News: Cameron Schwartz.

Ms Zamora says "vaccine hesitancy is definitely something to consider" as part of the vaccine inequity issue, but there's "not as much as you might expect"

The clinic is typically getting a couple of hundred vials of the Moderna vaccine each week, but she wants that allocation to be increased for community operations like hers, which she says directly reach the people who need it most

But Ms Zamora says the disparities in distribution being seen across the country are proof a lot more work needs to be done


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