Opinion: NY can truly thank essential workers by giving them vaccines immediately

The COVID-19 vaccine is FDA approved. Even as we are in the midst of a second wave of the virus, New Yorkers are finally seeing a light at the end of what has been a very long, bleak tunnel. Still, many of our city’s 1 million essential workers who work outside healthcare settings won’t be eligible for the initial doses. That’s especially troubling when you consider the demographics: roughly two thirds are women, half are immigrants and a third are Black and Hispanic. If the mayor truly cares about confronting income inequality, he must pay attention to these numbers.

We talk a lot about thanking frontline workers, but it’s all just pot banging unless we act.