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OPEN LETTER: Hamilton Public Health needs to work with community members to prioritize vaccinations for Black, racialized, disabled and working class communities

Please join us and sign in support of the urgent call to add Black and other racialized groups to the booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations, in Hamilton and across Ontario.

Apr 16, 2021

Dear Hamilton Community,

A letter was distributed to the Hamilton Vaccine Readiness Network, as well as Hamilton Public Health on April 5th. Still, although Black and racialized groups have been identified as a high risk group for COVID-19, although the Federal government has urged the prioritization of Black and racialized groups for vaccination, although we are in phase 2 where Black and other racialized population have been identified for prioritization for vaccination, and although we have been informed that municipalities have the power to develop their own plans for vaccination, there has been no change to the booking system to allow Black and racialized people to book vaccination appointments for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Please join us and add your signature, in support of the urgent call to add Black and other racialized groups to the booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations, in Hamilton and across Ontario.

Sincerely,

Ameil J. Joseph MSW, RSW, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Social Work
McMaster University