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Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey spoke out against COVID-19 vaccination policies earlier this week. She didn’t hold back, either.
“There’s a long history in this country of people needing to show their papers,” Janey said.
Some of her examples including slavery, post-slavery, the recent immigration population, etc.
As The Iowa Standard has reported, minorities are less likely to have received the COVID-19 vaccine than white Americans. And all of the vaccine mandates and passport requirements are just one example of actual systemic racism.
“Here, we want to make sure that we are not doing anything that would further create a barrier for residents of Boston or disproportionally impact BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) communities,” she said.
She told CNN that she wants to see every Boston resident vaccinated, but requiring vaccines in public venues will have a “disproportionate impact on low-income families, and in communities of color.”
Janey, who is serving as mayor due to an appointment by President Joe Biden of the previous mayor, is seeking a full term. She was criticized by her opponents.