Report warns COVID-19 vaccine mandate for DC students could increase racial inequity – WTOP – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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As D.C. moves closer to requiring students to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a report from the Council Office of Racial Equity (CORE), which examines legislation the council considers, found that such a mandate could exacerbate racial inequity for Black schoolchildren.

The CORE report on the legislation that was advanced in the D.C. Council on Tuesday said that while it might improve health outcomes for Black residents, “enforcement of the bill will exacerbate racial inequity by disproportionately removing Black students from school. This may result in increased learning loss, additional negative social and educational outcomes and in blocking students from vital school resources.”

CORE Director Brian McClure told WTOP that it began its analysis by looking at the data.

“Specifically, I wanted to know what the current vaccination rates were by race, ethnicity and age group,” McClure said, citing charts on pages 3 to 6 in the report.

“I believed this data could provide some level of insight as to current trends in vaccine uptake. The data was clear: Black residents in the District, in particular, remain the most likely to contract and lose their life from the

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