Prioritizing Asthma Would Make the Vaccine Rollout More Racially Equitable

Asthma affects Black and Brown people at higher rates but isn’t considered an eligible condition for early vaccination

Though Covid-19 affects the respiratory system, asthma is not on the list of eligible conditions for priority vaccination in many states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with asthma “might be at an increased risk” for severe Covid-19 but not certain risk. The research reflects this, too. Nevertheless, activists and politicians argue that excluding people with asthma from priority vaccination is unjust.

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