New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the appointment of Miriam Y. Vega, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, as an Ambassador to his newly formed Vaccine Equity Task Force.
Governor Cuomo, in making the announcement, said that “people of color were left behind during the early months of the pandemic”. He outlined the purposes of the task force: to break down barriers to vaccination and ensure a fair distribution in minority communities and to limit any challenges residents may face that could prevent them from getting vaccinated, especially those living in vulnerable and underserved areas.
The Vaccine Equity Task Force will be headed by New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado and state Attorney General Letitia James, along with the presidents and CEOs of the National Urban League and Health First.
“I am so honored to have recently been selected by Governor Cuomo to assist with this critically important Vaccine Equity Task Force, said Dr. Vega. “As CEO of the Addabbo Family Health Center, I am keenly aware that we must build trust, confidence and access to the Covid-19 vaccine in underserved communities. I am also pleased that the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center will be represented on a State healthcare level working with other forward-thinking leaders in the health care arena to bring about greater equity in healthcare.”
The governor says New York has distributed more doses of the vaccine than any other state in the country. Hundreds of thousands of more doses are expected to arrive and the governor wants to ensure fairness and equity in COVID-19 vaccine distribution.