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Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) admitted Sunday that state officials erred in distributing COVID-19 vaccines to black and Latino communities.
“We’re not doing enough. We need to do significantly more programs like this,” the governor said at a mobile vaccination clinic in Inglewood, the Los Angeles Times reported. “We’ve got to get people back to work. We’ve got to get people back into church. And we’ve got to get people back to school,” he added.
Newsom, who is in the midst of a recall petition against him, attended two mobile clinics at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood and Ramona Gardens Recreation Center in Boyle Heights on Sunday, but only 250 people were scheduled to be vaccinated at each location that day, according to Fox News.
According to the latest data released by the state’s Health Department, of the 7.3 million doses administered throughout California, only 2.9% have been received by black residents, 16% by Latinos and 13% by Asian Americans, data that contrasts with 32.7% of white residents.
“We recognize our responsibility to do more,” Newsom said. “We’re focusing on farmworkers. We’re down at Coachella Valley on an equity coalition collaborative focusing on farmworkers and pop-up sites in partnership with ranchers and with farm managers.”
Last week, U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and U.S. Representative Young Kim (R-CA) demanded answers from Gov. Newsom on the failures and progress of the state’s coronavirus vaccine rollout.
In a letter they demanded answers about the amount of unused vaccine and why counties and local health care providers can’t get better information about how much vaccine they will receive.