Vermont Governor Says Backlash Against Move to Prioritize Vaccines for Minorities Rooted in ‘Racism’

Vermont Governor Phil Scott said any criticism of his controversial decision to prioritize COVID vaccines for his state’s minority communities is actually rooted in “racism” in the United States and New England.

“The legacy of racism in America, and in Vermont, still drives a lot of anger and fear. Recently, my office, the Health Department and those hardworking individuals getting us vaccinated, have been subjected to vitriolic and inappropriate comments in social media and other forums regarding this decision,” he said.

“This too is unacceptable. And it is evidence that many Americans, and many Vermonters, still have a lot to learn about the impacts of racism in our country and how it has influenced public policy over the years,” he continued.

“Words matter. I encourage everyone to consider the meaning of their words from another person’s point of view, as well as the consequences of how our own words can impact the wellbeing of others,” Scott said.

h/t The Hill