Washington state vaccine provider denies white people access. The state health department says it’s for equity.

White people are put on a ‘standby list’

A health provider in Washington state is denying white people access to the coronavirus vaccine and the state’s health department is reportedly allowing it to happen.

The African American Reach and Teach Health Ministry is currently prioritizing only “Black, Indigenous & People of Color” for vaccination appointments at four sites across King County, Washington, an area which includes the state’s most populous city, Seattle.

On its website, AARTH states that “the COVID-19 vaccine is available to all people 16 years and older who live or work in Washington state.” However, white people are not eligible to receive the vaccine through the provider, but instead are encouraged to join a waiting list.

Individuals interested in receiving a vaccination through the provider are required to fill out an online form specifying whether or not they identify as BIPOC. If not, they are prompted to join the “standby list” with the promise that they will be contacted should appointments become available.