Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo wrote a letter on Tuesday calling on Alex Azart, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources, to change the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination program, which he said does not adequately serve the “black, brown, Asian and low-income communities “.
Furthermore, Cuomo said the program includes specific requirements that could deter undocumented immigrants from being vaccinated, which could prevent the virus from being repressed.
Cuomo wrote that while the full participation of Americans is clearly critical to the success of the COVID-19 vaccination effort, he remains “deeply concerned” that the agency is “failing” to help those not provided by private health facilities.
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“COVID infections and mortality rates are significantly higher in these communities, and failure to provide an adequate vaccination program for these communities, either intentionally or through their effects, will further differentiate these communities,” he urged.
In addition, Cuomo blew up the federal government’s requirement for state governments to implement a “data-sharing agreement” before starting the vaccination program – including social security numbers, driver’s license identification numbers, and passport numbers.
“This provision is clearly a cause for concern, as the proposed criteria all replace proof of nationality. The concern is exacerbated by a further federal provision in the data sharing agreement that states that information may be shared with other federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security and immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) “, he wrote. “If undocumented Americans are discouraged from participating in the vaccination program, it would endanger both their health and the effectiveness of the entire vaccination program.”
The governor has proposed a number of amendments to address the issues, including an identification system that does not share the aforementioned personal information with the federal government and requires that information identifying vaccines not be shared with other non-health agencies.
“The undocumented community has specific and valid concerns about passing on unnecessary, irrelevant, and sensitive information to federal agencies,” the governor concluded.
According to the Pew Research Center, there are more than 10 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, accounting for nearly a quarter of the total immigrant population.
According to 2017 data, approximately 725,000 immigrants live in New York State, with a population in excess of 19.4 million.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reports that 647,980 New Yorkers became infected with the virus during the coronavirus epidemic, and more than 34,600 people died.
Cuomo’s request for an azar was supported by a coalition of advocacy groups, including the NAACP, the National Urban League, the Hispanic Health Network, and the Latino Commission for AIDS Inc., a mandate from the Asian-American community, the Arab-American Family Support Center, New York Worker Justice Center and Catholic charities in the Diocese of New York.
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“We are moving rapidly toward COVID-19, which is good news. However, the federal government’s current plan to vaccinate Americans ignores the key priorities we need to effectively distribute the vaccine to millions in New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. .
“The point is when we get closer to the date of distribution and I ask the administration to deal with these issues quickly,” he said.