The DC-Vax mandate would hit black residents disproportionately, as data suggests
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Washington, DC’s new COVID-19 vaccination mandate would disproportionately hit black residents in the city, according to vaccination data.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that she would introduce mandatory vaccination for residents from January 15.
However, vaccination data shows that Bowser’s mandate would have a disproportionate impact on minorities in the city, especially black residents.
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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
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According to the city’s most recent vaccination data, the vaccination rate for black residents in DC is 46.4%, with only 39.4% of vaccinated black residents being fully vaccinated.
“Democrats like Mayor Bowser and President Biden should be ashamed of themselves and their clearly discriminatory vaccination mandates, which disproportionately punish hard-working black Americans who, for personal, religious, or medical reasons, are free to choose what is best for themselves and their families is best. ” Committee spokesman and director of Black Media Affairs Paris Dennard told Fox News Digital.
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Bowser announced the vaccine mandate during a press conference and in a tweet thread on Wednesday, making it the latest blue city to pass such a measure.
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The mandate requires DC residents to provide proof of vaccination in order to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, indoor entertainment venues, gyms, and indoor meeting facilities.
Bowser’s order states that people 12 years and older must receive at least one dose of the vaccine, which is increased to two doses by February 15. Their arrangement follows similar guidelines in New York City, Chicago, and Boston.
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser testifies before a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the District of Columbia statehood bill on Monday, March 22, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Carlos Barria / Pool via AP)
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The mandate generated angry reactions on the internet, with some warnings of the economic consequences of implementing the mandate.
Additionally, critics pointed out that Bowser’s approach to COVID restrictions is much more complicated than how their government has dealt with the surge in violent crime in the country’s capital.
Bowser’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.