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More vaccine set for hard hit California sectors

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California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for people who live in the most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state’s economy opened more quickly. (March 4)

Video Transcript

GAVIN NEWSOM: And we are committing now as a state to provide that overlay in that lower quartile of the healthy place index with 40% of all of the allocated vaccines targeted at communities that have had this disproportionate burden. Low-income households earning less than $40,000 a year have been impacted by two times those in households whose incomes are north of $120,000. They've been impacted by multiples in terms of the impact of this disease and this pandemic.

At the same time, insult to injury, households earning over $120,000 have twice the access to vaccines than those communities that have been disproportionately impacted. That is what we have to reconcile. We have to own up to that.