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Shameful vaccine favoritism worsens rollout’s inequities

For most eligible Washington residents, securing a COVID-19 vaccination requires a high tolerance for frustration. Vaccine shortages, convoluted websites, short-notice clinic events and waiting lists have all made the process hard to navigate. Except, that is, for privileged insiders extended special access by area medical systems.

That even one hospital committed such a glaring ethical lapse is shocking. That three separate Puget Sound providers played vaccine concierge for board members, fundraisers and other favored friends beggars belief. The rollout of these vaccinations was already inequitable. People who lack internet access have a much harder time finding clinics than those with quick web connections. As Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said, the proper mission is to combat vaccine inequity through deliberate outreach to underserved communities.

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