Greetings!
 
Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the launch of the Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition, a newly formed coalition of 11 civil rights, immigrant justice, and public health organizations. Our coalition is working to call attention to the dramatic racial inequities in the vaccine rollout in Massachusetts and to advocate for real solutions.
 
Now, we need your help! Please take a moment to sign our petition to Governor Baker, asking him to prioritize equity in the vaccine rollout.
The Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition has issued five demands to Governor Baker, which include:
 
  1. Direct $10 million to trusted community organizations for outreach & engagement in communities of color,
  2. Immediately implement the promised 20% additional vaccine doses for the most impacted communities,
  3. Set clear goals & track vaccine benchmarks that mirror the disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx residents,
  4. Improve language access & cultural competence across all vaccine outreach, and
  5. Appoint a Vaccine Czar with authority & accountability to address vaccine inequities
 
Please join us by signing the petition today and sharing this email widely with your networks. We will need an outpouring of support to convince Governor Baker and his administration to change course and put equity at the center of the roll-out.
 
Thank you for taking action and for your continued partnership and support. Together, we are changing the conversation in Massachusetts!
In partnership,
Carlene Pavlos
Executive Director
Massachusetts Public Health Association
Members of the Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition include the ACLU of Massachusetts, Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition, Immigrants Assistance Center, King Boston, La Colaborativa, Lawyers for Civil Rights, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Massachusetts Public Health Association, NAACP - New England Area Conference, Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA, and the Union of Minority Neighborhoods.
Massachusetts Public Health Association