Is It Lawful and Ethical to Prioritize Racial Minorities for COVID-19 Vaccines
Schmidt, H., Gostin, L. and Williams, M.A. (2020). Is It Lawful and Ethical to Prioritize Racial Minorities for COVID-19 Vaccines? Journal of the American Medical Association. 324(20):2023-2024.
This editorial advocates for the use of the Area Deprivation Index (ADI) instead of the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) for vaccine allocation because it does not “explicitly prioritize on the basis of race,” and so would be less vulnerable to legal challenge. Rather the ADI uses income, education, employment, and housing quality as proxies for race, because minorities tend to be economically disadvantaged.