Coronavirus

To Mitigate Racial Inequity, the CDC Wants To Vaccinate Essential Workers Before the Elderly

Vaccinating by age would save many more lives.

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Deaths from COVID-19 are overwhelmingly concentrated among the elderly, and thus it would seem obvious that vaccinating older Americans should be a top priority. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released guidance suggesting that millions of essential workers should receive the vaccine before many people 65 and older.

Part of the reason for this, according to a CDC report, is to mitigate and racial and ethnic "health inequities." Older Americans are disproportionately white, whereas the essential worker category includes a larger percentage of racial minorities and low-income people.

"Older populations are whiter, " Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. "Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit."

It's not as if there's a consensus that this is the right thing to do. The Times notes that this approach "runs counter to frameworks proposed by the World Health Organization, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and many countries, which say that reducing deaths should be the unequivocal priority and that older and sicker people should thus go before the workers, a view shared by many in public health and medicine."

Indeed, this is a prime example of progressive thinking on racial justice leading otherwise intelligent people to take a position that actually hurts racial minorities. While it's true that the 65-and-up demographic is somewhat whiter than the general population, there are still millions of elderly people of color, and they have by far the greatest risk of dying from COVID-19—the age skew of the disease's victims is extreme. A policy of vaccinating police officers, firefighters, and grocery store employees before the elderly is clearly suboptimal, even from the standpoint of just trying to save as many people of color from dying as possible.

"The decision here is to not prioritize vaccinating them, but to instead vaccinate a different, less vulnerable group of people and then assert that this creates some kind of abstract collective racial benefit," notes Matt Yglesias in a terrific post on this subject. "There have been a lot of takes lately about woke liberals prioritizing symbolic racial issues over the concrete needs of non-white people, but this idea really takes the cake."

As Yglesias explains in greater detail:

Basically, if you take 1,000 prime-age Americans you'd expect to have 150 African-Americans in the pool versus about 100 if you take 1,000 senior citizens. So in that sense, vaccinating essential workers promotes racial equity because you're giving shots to more Black people. But since the infection fatality rate for senior citizens is at least 10 times the rate for non-seniors, you're not actually saving Black people's lives this way. You're opting for a strategy that leads to more Black deaths and more white deaths than the "vaccinate seniors first" strategy, but deciding that it's better for equity and this is what ethics requires.

There are other problems with vaccinating essential workers before senior citizens, in that the former is an expansive and debatable category. Depending on who gets counted, some 70 percent of the workforce can be deemed essential, though restricting it to just "front line" workers gets that percentage down significantly, according to the Times. And while it's true that vaccinating people in the workforce who are most likely to spread the disease to others could be a sound strategy for ultimately preventing deaths, this is a complicated approach and the current supply of vaccines is inadequate.

Yglesias recommends vaccinating health care workers, and then going by age: 85 and up, then 80 and up, then 75 and up, etc. This idea has a lot of merit, especially when the vaccine supply remains limited.

Ultimately, it's up to the states to determine who gets vaccinated first; the CDC's guidance is only a recommendation. Still, it's regrettable that the CDC has embraced an approach to racial equity that might keep people in need of the vaccine from getting it first.

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  1. “Essential” workers are potential super spreaders, and are more exposed than the general population, so they should be offered the vaccine first. The elderly can be protected best by vaccinating their care-givers, and a selection of their closest family members (maybe 2 for each).

    1. It does seem to make sense to give it to health-care workers first. But the elderly should be next, and racial or ethnic considerations should not enter into it at all. Who at the CDC is responsible for deciding that “racial justice” should be a factor in allocating the vaccine? Perhaps he (or she) should get a well-deserved “You’re fired!” from our current president before he leaves office.

      1. I think it’s rather complicated. It makes more sense to me to vaccinate the young cleaner who mops floors in a care home then to vaccinate a 75 year old retiree who is living in their own home.

        1. I meant vaccinate all the care home workers, first along with the health care workers, prior to, not instead of the elderly living in their own homes.

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        2. I think it’s rather complicated. It makes more sense to me to vaccinate the young cleaner who mops floors in a care home then to vaccinate a 75 year old retiree who is living in their own home.

          I can agree with that. They can assess whatever saves the most lives should be the goal of the calculation. Not wokeness. Not leftist saving of more lives "equally" or some bullshit like that.

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    2. “The way to stop discriminating on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” – some dude who probably isn’t really black, technically.

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    3. If the CDC had offered that as their sole justification, you’d be able to defend that position. Instead, the CDC admitted to including prohibited racism in their decision.

      1. Agreed. There was no need to insert an indefensible racist aspect to the decision. These CDC guys are supposed to be our brightest minds and then they go ahead and base their vaccination guidance on something so utterly stupid and divisive. Woke thinking is more infectious than C19.

        Shaking my head.

        1. Lol come on dude, they are public workers!
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    8. Except they didn't select "essential workers" for those reasons. They selected them for super leftist work reasons:

      To me the issue of ethics is very significant, very important for this country,” Dr. Peter Szilagyi, a committee member and a pediatrics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said at the time, “and clearly favors the essential worker group because of the high proportion of minority, low-income and low-education workers among essential workers.”

      also:

      “Essential” workers are potential super spreaders…

      Doesn't matter. The most vulnerable are the elderly. Even if it spreads widely among young essential workers - they will survive. If we are talking about strictly surviving - elderly should get it first.

    9. That’s a rather biased attitude you’ve got there, BigT! People over 65 are just as entitled to the Covid-19 vaccines as anybody else. Not all people over 65 are in nursing homes or assisted living places, either. Even if older adults are healthy, with no underlying chronic medical conditions, they, too, are a high risk group by virtue of age range.

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  2. Part of the reason for this, according to a CDC report, is to mitigate and racial and ethnic “health inequities.”

    “Older populations are whiter, ” Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times.

    I knew I smelled a bioethicist.

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    2. This amounts to a death panel for older white Americans.

      1. The only people who should face death panels are progressives.

        1. Fuck you, asshole!

      2. It amounts to an ever bigger death panel for older black Americans who as a group almost certainly have a greater percentage of comorbidities than whites in the same age group.

    3. I love how many of them bemoan overpopulation and the evils of whiteness…yet never off themselves.

    4. "Health inequities"

      Marxist alert!

  3. Pussies. If they really want to promote racial equity, they’ll give all black people vaccinations first, and give all white people injections of the live virus… maybe ebola, too.

    1. Or give white people that secret virus that turns them black. And then use the Area 51 time machine to send them to Alabama in 1850.

    1. It’s big of you to admit Sarah Palin had one right.

  4. Our Top Men aren’t just stupid and inept, they are also evil and racist.

    1. The government’s effort to ensure inoculations are distributed with racial considerations should be given a project name, how about “Tuskegee2020”?

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    2. But they were racist against blacks in the past. So if they just flip the script and act racist toward whites, it will make it all better.

  5. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”

    “If you catch my drift.”

    1. I don’t think ‘let the white people die’ is going to go over the way they think it will.

      1. “Oh, very well. ‘Let the old white people die.'”

        1. Poor white people. So oppressed all their lives.

          1. Anti-racism: the overriding belief that two wrongs make everything right.

            1. Anti-Anti-racism: the overriding belief that its impossible to correct a wrong, therefor we shouldn’t try.

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              2. You’re free to kill yourself to resolve white guilt.

                But given that I have never owned a slave nor oppressed anybody, I don’t give two shits.

              3. Yeah? How is that inaccurate, especially given the last 10,000 years of human civilization?

          2. “Poor white people. So oppressed”

            Usually by rich white people.

          3. Shut the fuck up, asshole!

    2. Completely false, of course. The large majority of minorities are Hispanic and Asian, and they both average longer lives than whites.

    3. The gotta kill off the Trump voters before 2024.

  6. See, and a lot of you questioned whether or not there was “systemic racism” in U.S.

      1. Less succinctly: If the CDC does not issue a statement attempting to rebut Yglesias’s analysis, they would appear to be part of “the problem”.

  7. So BLM protesters are immune…

    1. Wait until they realize that rich white liberals are insisting blacks go first because they are testing it on them.

      1. “rich white liberals” – ugh, “New Money”

      2. There is evidence that a sizable number of blacks already believe that and are reluctant to take the vaccine. I could well even out.

  8. I started to suspect that these people literally want grandma to die after they were putting sick people into nursing homes and after months of making no effort to target the pandemic approach to protecting old people. This just proves it. The racialist BS is a red herring. The question is, why? And I don’t mean in an emotional “why God, why?!?” way. I think we should be literally asking, why are they doing this?

    1. Short answer is politicians and bureaucrats are not very bright. Longer answer is they aren’t bright and don’t care who knows.

      But I suppose it’s possible there’s a more nefarious death panel answer although I doubt it.

      Honestly those in government spending time worrying about justice or racial issues are just worthless meat bags. I had hoped a second Trump admin would remove them. Now we’ll be getting more of it.

    2. Three words: Social Security solvency.

      1. Yep.

      2. Not only that, but think of the inheritance taxes that will flow back to the Gov along with the Soc Sec.

        Win win.

        It will be tough when the millennials become Walmart greeters though.
        ‘What’s your number so I can text you a waving Emoji of myself?’

      3. Never let a crisis go to waste.

    3. Older folks are more likely to vote Republican?

  9. If the vaccine hadn’t already been paid for by tax money, we could just have it marketed like any other consumer product, i.e. have it “rationed” by price.

    1. Now THAT would be racist.

      1. Is it time for black flag raising and throat slitting yet?

        1. Was supposed to be a stand-alone comment. Apologies.

          1. Works pretty much anywhere.

        2. Yes. And, give them a whiff of the grapeshot, although the wusses have stopped their mostly peaceful protesting now that the Lightbringer’s comedic sidekick has been chosen.

          1. You can’t get that large a crowd when it’s cold outside (Pacific Northwest idiots excluded).

            After three months of kenneling, they’ll be back at it.

        3. Wait, we are still waiting for the “go” signal? Asking for a friend.

  10. Oh, BTW, expect all this ‘equity’ shit to jump to factor 11 after January.

    1. Yep. Who will be the Equity Czar?

      1. Kamala Harris. The first Vice President to win by affirmative action.

        1. “Affirmative action”, eh? Is *that* what the kids are calling it these days?

        2. The first Vice President to win by fraud.

          There, I fixed it for you.

          1. “imagined fraud”

            There, I fixed it for you.

            1. “EVERY VOTE MUST COUNT!!! UNLESS I WON AND THEN IT’S OVER!!!”

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        3. You mean the last vice president to win by affirmative action, after all the others. You don’t get that job by merit. But she is the first black one, if that’s what you mean.

          1. I think he means she was picked specifically because she’s a black woman.

            She wants to be VP for someone she believes is a rapist. We know this isn’t about merit for sure.

      2. Diana Moon Glampers

  11. So, Kill Whitey?

    1. So, Kill Whitey?

      It’s not that they want to kill white people, it’s just that they want the white people not to be alive anymore…

    2. OR…they secretly want to give it to black folks first in case there are some side effects that haven’t been discovered yet.

      We are talking about Democrats here…historically the party of segregation and black oppression.

      1. Agreed, the Republicans are just all warm and snuggly when it comes to people with skin color other than white. Big old love fest!

        1. Others being awful doesn’t make it ok for you to be awful too.

          /your dad’s job

        2. What do you have against white people?

  12. “…reducing deaths should be the unequivocal priority….” What a quaint concept, when we have historical inequities that need to be addressed with fake solutions.

    1. Not so much addressed as discussed. They have little real interest in solving things, it all performative.

  13. “Older populations are whiter, ”

    Yes, add not dying to the list of racist offenses.

    1. It’s not even just that. There weren’t as many non-whites in the country 85 years ago.

      So being born back then is automatically racist

  14. This right here is a wonderful example of why you don’t want the government in charge of the healthcare system.

  15. There is no hope. Giving a vaccine first to people who may die, but certainly do not contribute to the spread of a pandemic virus is the perfect triumph of foolish.

  16. I thought every living black person in the United States spends five minutes every day thinking about The Tuskegee Experiment. At least every other day a white person on NPR says so. So how many of Our People Of Color are going to WANT to take the vaccine? After all, racism, no?

    All the more for us.

  17. Is it constitutional for the federal government to prioritize vaccination for one race group over another? Asking for a friend. And maybe John Roberts.

    And what happens if all the colored people who took vaccines early start displaying more side effects than whites? And all the old white people get better vaccines later? Oh sorry, you can’t sue Pfizer. And you never know, the lache’s doctrine may come into play.

    What’s the point of doing all this? The POCs apparently suffer from health inequity, but they all vote for the same democrats that run all their local governments, hospitals, schools, etc.

    1. You have to give the Democrats credit for going from the party of black oppression and segregation, to convincing blacks to vote for them…on a platform of black oppression and segregation. That is kind of an amazing feat.

      1. They were already trending Democrat after the Great Depression kicked off. The key is that the Democrats transferred their urban political machine operational methodologies to include race-based advocacy during that time, and then kicked it into overdrive when the New Left started taking over the party in the late 60s and early 70s. Most of the activity initially centered around black churches, cutting the ministers in on the graft, and then expanding to government officials after black candidates began running for office.

        There’s no functional difference between Tammany Hall in the 1870s, the Rainbow Coalition in the 1980s, or Black Lives Matter today. It’s all a means of using a front group as a money-laundering operation for favor-trading and political graft. There’s no incentive for the black population at large to change their voting habits because they would rather reign in hell than serve in heaven.

  18. Probably half my store has gotten it (including me). So I’m not sure if retail workers really need it at this point.

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  20. Why couldn’t they just say vaccinate the health workers for health reasons? These people are fucking insane.

    1. You just answered your own question.

    2. wheres the virtue signaling in that?

    3. I think everyone agrees to vaccinate health workers first.

      Its essential workers ( retail, daycare, warehousing, erc.) that are just posturing.

      Of course “Heath Workers” is a pretty loose category. I know an IT guy with no patient contact who got a dose.

      1. BTW, early in the pandemic, defense department contractors were considered “essential”. Granted, working at home is not possible when you are supposed to be working in a SCIF, but still – seems odd.

        1. You an idiot I’m sure many things confuse you.

          I mean, you admit it in your name bruh.

      2. Yes but without IT the entire system falls apart. They are 24/7 and when crashes occur, which happens frequently, they are there.

        So sure put patient contact people in front of the line but they cannot work without dozens of other people in support. IT, pharmacy, radiology, supply, transport, EMS, communications, all that.

  21. The hilarious crux of this (vaccinating healthcare workers > old people).

    The main reason we as healthcare workers want to get it, is not that we will die from the disease (odds are far in favor of a mild or uneventful course). It is that we will spread it to the OLD SICK PEOPLE WE TAKE CARE OF on the regular! It would make our jobs a little easier if we could have some peace of mind knowing we arent going to kill someones grandma because we were in a rush and had to run from a trauma to another emergency and didnt get a perfect handwash in. And it would benefit that 80 year old that just came in from a car wreck who we are about to take care of that is high risk.

    So the reason for vaccinating essential or healthcare people, is still very much for the purpose of protecting greater society and limiting deaths (yes, of OLD WHITE PEOPLE too). To propose it as a means of evening out racial injustice by allowing the privileged whites to die, is sociopathic.

    Maybe we should just allow reverse lynchings to let everyone get their angry feelings toward whites out? Then we can have a rational conversation about how to use a vaccine? Or do we just need to kill off a bunch of whites until the number we reach is satisfactory to the woke? Then we can start doing normal science again?

    1. That is a reason that makes sense for public health reasons, if true. The reason the CDC representatives want to prioritize health care workers over the elderly are nonsensical for public health and openly bigoted.

    2. As you know doc it has nothing to do with race, if there is such a thing.

    3. Your explanation makes sense to me. The CDC could have made that case without any controversy. I could support the logic. Instead they chose to tell us old white people are expendable.

  22. We should listen to the science. These people are in no way political or biased, they deal strictly in facts.

    1. The guy is also an ethicist, which means he surely holds himself to the highest ethical standards of liberalism.

  23. So the CDC wants to kill grandma, if she’s White.

    Considering that 80% of Covid deaths are in the 65 and over age cohort, meaning only 20% of deaths are in the population between 1 and 64, seems older people are at more risk of death, and should be vaccinated earlier. (The fact that I’m 71 has no bearing on this rational decision).

    1. Yes. Im confused on why we had a panic about kiling grandma and now we aren’t giving them the vaccine first? Really feels like i wasted 9 months on a false narrative.

  24. Jesus, how hard is it to make a plan that directly prioritizes POC? Simply have the population line up based purely on skin tone.

    And these people call themselves scientists.

    1. It is easy . It is providing plausible deniability for the courts that that is what you are doing that is difficult.

  25. Biden and Harris are not even sworn in, and their racists policies are being advanced.
    Welcome to the revolution.
    (move to GA and vote republican. For America.)

    1. “move to GA and vote republican.”

      Andy Yang says only Democrats can do that. It’s called voter fraud when Republicans do it.

  26. The CDC wants to treat a demographic group differently, not for utilitarian pragmatist reasons, but for bigoted ideological reasons.

    This is the intellectual rot in our public policy institutions that are supposedly “following the science”.

    1. But a “scientist” (and an “ethicist”) said so! You’re not a “denier,” are you?

  27. Will someone throw Nero’s fiddle in the trash?

  28. The question is, why are we listening to the CDC? What have they got to do with anything? Sure, they were originally tasked with dealing with this sort of thing – malaria, polio, whooping cough, measles, and so on – but having defeated most of our more dangerous communicable diseases they moved on to such “epidemics” as childhood obesity, gun violence, and systemic racism, things that are not in fact communicable diseases. It’s the perfect illustration of mission creep and systemantics, that the primary purpose of any bureaucracy is to perpetuate itself and it’s going to keep going long after it’s forgotten its original purpose. Which is where Dr. Fauci and the NIAID come in – the CDC no longer looks after infectious diseases and can be safely zeroed out of the budget but you can’t kill a bureaucracy so you create a new one on top of the old one to do what the first one was supposed to do. What does the NIAID say? What does that repulsive little troll Fauci say? Or is he just ducking out of the fight and keeping his mouth safely closed except to pop up from time to time to mutter some platitudes and deny that he has any responsibility for this shit?

  29. BTW, if you actually read the CDC power point, the author was trying to compare the benefits – inoculating elders vs. Essentials vs. High Risk Adults.
    The power point claimed that from a science point of view (number of people saved) – it would be a wash.
    From an implementation point of view (getting it out there) it would be slightly easier to get it older people. Slightly!
    However, it did mention that there was an ethics benefit for giving it to health care workers because they tend to have a diversity in economics (ie many poor) and a diversity in race.
    Those 3 factors were not equally weighted.

    The actual proposal was
    1st Health care workers and long term care residence.
    2nd Essential workers
    3rd Adults with high risk

    1. The issue I have is that they shouldn’t be deciding medical care based on race at all.

    2. “BTW, if you actually read the CDC power point,”

      This is how we got eugenics.

  30. If/when the new covid vaccines are found to cause deadly, debilitating or otherwise undesirable side effects in recipients, the same race baiting activists (who promoted BLM and claimed the US is still systemically racist) now lobbying for racial minority preferences for covid vaccines will flip flop and quickly condemn CDC, DHHS and others of being racist (for targeting minorities with a potentially harmful vaccine).

    1. That would never happen – I mean, yes, they went from calling for high drug penalties to protect black black communities from drugs (and don’t you want to protect black communities, you racist?) to indignantly pointing out the racism of locking up all those black drug offenders.

      Thomas Sowell is right, you really can spread “racism” on everything like ketchup.

  31. Don’t worry, this plan is only for 5 years.

  32. At Stanford Medical Center, the nurses and doctors treating COVID-19 patients are protesting because the early doses of the vaccine were goingt to senior doctors, even if they don’t deal with COVID patients….

    1. The residents and nurses have a point.

    2. Obviously the ethicists should get it first, if it wasn’t for them we’d all be racists.

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  34. As an old white man who is also a critical care RN in a large metro safety net hospital, I’d already had the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine before having had the chance to ingest the CDC’s “wisdom” from the SJW perspective.

    In the interests of correcting “racial and ethnic health inequities,” (and in demonstrating my virtue over all you less virtuous motherfuckers), I wonder if I should give it back?

  35. healthcare workers do need to be in the first group to have vaccines, because they are exposed to the virus….. but so do old people. old people are the ones being most screwed by this thing. it has much higher fatality rates for them, and as a result friends and family are staying away. all the worst impacts of the pandemic are falling hardest on them. absolute BS to suggest letting them continue that way in the name of “equality.”

  36. You know the RACIST slavery party is winning when even pandemic vaccines starts preference depending on the color of a persons skin.

  37. Some people are more equal than others I see.

  38. To say medical workers should get vaccinations before the elderly because of racial disparities, is putting race before the fact that medical workers are the ones risking exposure to the virus to help the ill including those with the virus, and we need them to help treat the ill. There are shortages of medical personnel nationwide now, and people sometimes die as a result. I’m a bit disappointed Mr. Soave didn’t mention it though he does recognize the progressive thinking. This is more of a utilitarian rather than libertarian approach to vaccine distribution.

    Further, complaints/concerns about how the vaccine are distributed, seem like looking a gift horse in the mouth, perhaps in an effort to avoid giving some credit to Trump’s hard work pushing to get us a vaccine in unprecedented time.

  39. Ok, you can turn in your “Science!” cards now.

  40. If the vaccine hadn’t already been paid for by tax money, we could just have it marketed like any other consumer product, i.e. have it “rationed” by price.

    1. You don’t want to ration a vaccine, you want to give it to as many people as possible, especially those who can’t afford it.

      This kind of stuff makes libertarianism into self-parody.

      1. Did you catch the link his comment?

        Do try to avoid trolling the spam bots.

  41. So killing white people is now our government’s official policy, nice to know, I guess white people should act accordingly then.

  42. …but some animals are more equal than others.
    Hydroxychloroquine is unobtainable without a mother-may-I prescription. The candidates I (and a handful of others) voted for in the last 10 elections would let us order Pfizer vaccine, etc. from Amazon, no questions asked. But people get what the cowardly majority was stampeded into voting for.

  43. The casual disregard for human life by people in government office is very reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Perhaps to “level the playing field” even faster we should be put into camps.

    Wokism is as much a threat to humanity as the concept of untermenschen.

  44. Pure racism driven by the usual cultural marxists who have created this tribal “inclusion/diversity/equity” bullsh%%. if we are to determine who get this first shouldn’t it be based on risk factors? Race as we are told is a social construct. The question is why are blacks have a higher rate? Or same for other “groups”? the only evidence I see is obesity and smoking as key factors. Blacks have a higher % of their cohort who are obese and smoke..but the point is if you playing this game shouldn’t it be based on these factors not skin color?

    Or is that even fair? If people don’t take care of themselves why should they get the vaccine first?

    1. careful. vitamin d is likely an important reason, but no one is curious enough to research it

      1. which is one reason telling people to stay indoors this past spring made it worse. the beaches should have been open the whole time.

    2. You’ve chosen to get emotional about this. Big government is saving your ass. You could just be thankful.

      In case you’re curious, the point of any vaccine is to get enough people vaccinated (to achieve what is known as herd immunity). If certain groups of people are likely to have lower vaccination rates, it thus makes sense to target them.

      Unfortunately you can’t sweep the poor under the rug on this one, since they need to get immune too or we’ll keep having a problem.

  45. While it seems fundamentally logical to give essential workers the first vaccine, I’ve decided not to get emotionally invested in where the vaccine goes when. If we have a magic bullet to end this calamity, I’m just going to be grateful and wait my turn, even if the order is unjust or unwise by some measure.

    Plus I want to make sure all the suckers who go first don’t turn in to zombies.

    1. Me, too. While I’m normally very, very concerned about the distribution of material goods throughout society, especially in terms of social justice, inequality, and historically marginalized groups, in this case, I just don’t have two fucks to give.

      It just makes sense to give essential workers the first vaccine (“essential”, duh). Who cares what the fatality rate is across different populations, when we have a word like “essential” right there? Keeping it simple is usually the best policy, and we simply have to take care of essential workers or civilization will collapse.

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  48. Not Just seniors. Those with Comorbidities are also behind the workers. And I’M NOT HAPPY either. Those at higher risk of death should go before all health people.

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