SHAUN DONOVAN SLAMS MAYOR DE BLASIO FOR SHIRKING RESPONSIBILITY, BLAMING VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES FOR UNEQUAL VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

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April 6, 2021
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SHAUN DONOVAN SLAMS MAYOR DE BLASIO FOR SHIRKING RESPONSIBILITY, BLAMING VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES FOR UNEQUAL VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

NEW YORK, NY — Today, former Obama-Biden administration Housing Secretary and Budget Director Shaun Donovan blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio for seemingly blaming poor and vulnerable communities for inoculation disparities:  

“I was shocked but not surprised to see Mayor de Blasio further shirk his responsibility for our city’s inept and inadequate vaccine distribution. I was equally alarmed to see the Mayor seemingly blame these same communities for disparities in vaccinations as ‘a disparity in willingness’ to get vaccinated,” said NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan. “This is completely unacceptable and not even remotely close to the tone a mayor should take when dealing with a crisis like the one our city is facing. Mayor de Blasio’s unwillingness to listen to experts when it mattered most and his inability to put his own ego aside in order to effectively manage this crisis are among the leading reasons that a vast amount of our city’s most vulnerable remain unvaccinated. Blaming the victims of these injustices and expecting them to sit and wait for things to get better is an insult to New Yorkers.” 

Donovan continued: “This is another example of why our city so desperately needs change. We need a mayor who doesn’t blame the people suffering because his administration isn’t properly communicating with them. We need a mayor who gets the job done, even when it’s hard — especially when it’s hard — and is willing to work with communities in times of crisis, instead of complaining about their alleged ‘unwillingness’ to do so. We need a mayor who will get the job done and bring vaccines directly to the people who need them most by holding education and vaccination events at places like NYCHA developments, retirement communities, and senior centers. And we need a mayor who will do a better job of reaching non-English speakers when it comes to educating New Yorkers about the importance of getting vaccinated. These are the type of things Mayor de Blasio should have been doing since day one, and represent the specific actions I will take as Mayor to ensure that our city is able to overcome this crisis and be better prepared for the next one.” 

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