You know what this DOESN'T do @GovNedLamont? Address the problems in getting to people who for various reasons will be at the end of the line no matter their age. You don't reach under-served populations by flinging open the gates to eligibility. @JoshGeballe @PMounds. 1/
What is the plan to get vaccines to under-served communities in this state? Step-by-step. Perhaps I've missed it. Then tweet it with as much fanfare as you are now with age eligibility widening. 2/
And show us the data. How many doses have reached under-served communities in the state? Breakdown your vaccination numbers and publicize them by demographics and geography now, and again, make them visible to all. 3/
There is REAL work to do to get vaccines out to the under-served. It isn't a Connecticut specific problem, but I live in CT and you're our governor. What are you doing to make our state the most equal in terms of vaccine allocation? 4/
You may say, I'm going for speed here. But again, if community of color and the poor are still last to receive vaccination in CT you're asking them to assume the burden of your own lack of planning to ensure equity in the process. 5/
Willing to give you the benefit of the doubt but I haven't seen the plan, the metrics or the data to show that you're making progress in making vaccination more equitable in our very unequal state. 6/
It's not OK to say, everyone will get a vaccination eventually. If you put underserved communities at disproportionate disadvantage in getting a vaccine, you put them at disproportionate risk of #COVID19. end/

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Anna Akhmatova died 55 years ago. Anna of all the Russias was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. 1/
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