Jennifer C. Boettcher
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I appreciate all of the work on the resolution so I'd like to add my thoughts now ahead of when this could be discussed at Council Fora and in Council where I will happily share them again if there's a need.
I am opposed to this resolution as written. Getting vaccinated is essentially a line and by asking to move up in the line I think about who we're being asked to move ahead of and who we're trying to shove in with. By advocating for all library staff to be eligible in phase 1b we would be slowing down the distribution of vaccines to others in higher need. The CDC website makes clear the reasoning behind it's phases. We are asking to move ahead of essential workers in the 1C phase, and slow down distribution in 1b which predominantly cannot work remotely and per CDC disproportionally represents the countries non-white workers.
"While Blacks comprise 12% of all workers, they are overrepresented in public transit (26%), child care/social services (19%), trucking/warehouse/Postal Service (18%), and grocery/convenience/drugstores (14%); Hispanics make up 17% of the workforce but are overrepresented in building cleaning services (40%), trucking/warehouse/Postal Service (20%), and grocery/convenience/drugstores (19%)." -CDC
If this resolution could be changed to support library staff working the front lines at libraries that are vaccination sites or COVID test sites moving to 1b I could support that. But as written it sounds a lot like "I want to talk to the manager."
Thank you Amber for your thoughts. When I read this resolution I felt the same way.
Another thing to note is that state and local (county/parish) governments have vaccine deployment plans which differ from the CDC guidelines. There is no federal control of this process. The CDC can only provide guidelines.
For example, in my state of Montana, the Governor changed phase 1b and 1c criteria. 1b includes our Indigenous population who have been hit very hard. We have an Indigenous student who lost THREE family members in 90 days. I will gladly wait in line for this reason.
Many Indigenous peoples, including the Apsáalooke (Crow), Niimiipuu (Nez Perce), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Lakota), Piikani (Blackfeet), Seliš (Salish), Shoshone, and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Northern Cheyenne), have traditional claims to the lands upon which Montana State University (MSU) physically sits. Indigenous histories and perspectives inform my work.
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