Minority community leaders praise Newsom for new vaccination plan

"We are on our way and the governor has just given us a boost and a good shot in the arm so to speak." The governor's office says wealthy populations are getting vaccinated at twice the rate of vulnerable ones.

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AMOS BROWN: We are on our way. And governor has just given us a boost and a good shot in the arm so to speak.

J.R. STONE: Reverend Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP, is praising the efforts of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom announced Thursday the state will set aside 40% of its COVID-19 vaccine doses for underserved communities that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus.

GAVIN NEWSOM: We're the most diverse state and the world's most diverse democracy, and we're falling short. Even with best intentions, all the good work we've done in all the announcements in the last couple of months, we are falling short, particularly for our black and Brown communities.

J.R. STONE: The governor's office says that the rate of COVID-19 infections in households making less than $40,000 per year, often in these neighborhoods, is more than double of those households making more than $120,000 a year, going on to say that the wealthier populations are getting vaccinated at twice the rate of more vulnerable ones.

Eduardo Garcia represents the Latino Community Foundation and says that in Alameda County, just 9.3% of doses have gone to Latinos. With a vaccine supply that will now be there, they are hopeful to educate the community on the benefits.

EDUARDO GARCIA: The vaccine is free. That you do not need to be a US citizen, and that the side effects are very mild.

J.R. STONE: Reverend Brown is 80 and says people were initially skeptical of the polio vaccine when he was a boy. Brown has gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, along with his wife and his 103-year-old mother.

AMOS BROWN: No fever, no chill, nothing. And we must not hype up the negativity. We must accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.

J.R. STONE: Reverend Brown tells me they are in the process of setting up vaccination clinics at Baptist churches from here in San Francisco all the way down to Southern California. And those should be in place within the next couple of weeks. In San Francisco, J.R. Stone, "ABC 7 News."