Monday, August 23, 2021
James G. Hodge (Arizona State University Law School), Jennifer L. Piatt (Arizona State University), Leila Barraza (University of Arizona), Rebecca Freed (Arizona State University Law School), Summer Ghaith (Arizona State University), Vaccinating Urban Populations in Response to COVID-19: Legal Challenges and Options, 49 Fordham Urb. L. J. 1 (2021):
Against the backdrop of the most significant public health emergency event in U.S. history, the real-time development of multiple efficacious COVID-19 vaccines through pharmaceutical companies and federal support is a shining achievement. Americans’ future health and safety rely on a national vaccine campaign with an arduous goal of rapidly achieving “herd immunity,” especially among denser, urban environments. Immunizing millions of persons in urban locales is especially complex due to population vulnerabilities, lack of access, issues of eligibility, and vaccine hesitancy based on false information and long-standing governmental distrust. Public and private sectors are responding to these and other challenges in multifarious ways. This Commentary explores legal and policy perspectives on national mass vaccination efforts impacting U.S. urban populations.