A vaccine against COVID-19 is becoming more likely. Should people in communities of color hit the hardest by COVID-19 get the vaccine first? Frontline health workers, elderly people, and those with chronic conditions are likely to get the vaccine first. Some public health experts argue that we should also make special efforts to vaccinate people of color, including Black, Latino, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, and Native American people as soon as possible as these groups have higher rates of serious illness and death from the coronavirus. However, there are legal concerns for an approach that uses race and ethnicity to decide who gets a vaccine first. There is also concern that some groups, especially Black people, may hesitate to get vaccinated first because of the history of mistreatment of Black patients in medical research. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will not decide who should get a vaccine first until a vaccine is approved.
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