Wealthy LA residents gain access to COVID-19 vaccination codes meant for Black and Latino communities

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The software was established in California to enable Black and Latino people to use access codes to get a vaccine.

Access and vaccine were also available for wealthy LA residents, the LA Times reported.

The codes were developed to bridge the state's vaccine access gap.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that affluent Los Angeles residents who are not yet willing to take COVID-19 vaccine use vaccine access codes to help people living in Black and Latino neighborhoods who are overwhelmingly impacted by the pandemic.

The California Initiative, which seeks to resolve gaps in the delivery of vaccines, provides neighborhood groups with special access codes to provide qualifying individuals with access to the My Turn vaccination schedule portal in the County.

The Times found that three codes were exchanged in rich professional and social networks for color groups last week.

Where the codes come from, it's not obvious, but the Times added that those who passed them did not know in certain instances that they were expressly built for Black and Latino groups.

The Times was told by one White Source that several of his peers, who are not otherwise qualified and "in a bracket where they're very protected," received code vaccination.

In an e-mail received from the Times, the Access and Practical Requirements Office of the Emergency Response Governor of California said that the program sets aside appointment slots only available with access codes at Cal State LA and Oakland Coliseum every day.

Insider went to the office for comment.

California's Black and Latino populations were disproportionately affected by the outbreak.

Although Latinos account for approximately 40% of the population of the state, according to the statistics from the state, they account for 55% of all Covid-19 reported cases and 46.5% of all deaths.

At the end of last month, the mortality rate for Latino people in Los Angles has risen by more than 1,000 percent since fall, almost three times that of white people.

Latino and Black patients were nearly two thirds deaths from the virus on a national basis for people 65 or younger, according to a study published last summer by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

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