The state of Vermont as of Thursday has allowed anybody identifying as a person of color and any member of said person's household to be eligible for the COVID vaccine at any age.
People who identify as white and their households will still have to wait for now, as the vaccine is otherwise only available to people 50 years old or older:
"The legality of this policy, to say nothing of its morality, seems dubious at best. If you're 49 years old and white, you're barred from getting the COVID vaccine now in Vermont. If you're 17 & "identify" as any other race (or if anyone in your household does), you get it:"
The tweet above commented on and re-tweeted the original tweet shown here by Gov. Phil Scott (D):
"If you or anyone in your household identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC), including anyone with Abenaki or other First Nations heritage, all household members who are 16 years or older can sign up to get a vaccine!"
Dr. Mark Levine, the VT Health Commissioner, said in a statement:
"Now that all Vermont residents at the highest risk of death from COVID — those in the most vulnerable age and high-risk condition groups — have been vaccinated, we can focus on preventing the other most serious risk of the virus, namely critical illness leading to hospitalization."
"Our data also shows us that we have much farther to go with progress through our vaccination efforts."
People were quick point out what they consider to be the lack of legality on the part of the state of VT by replying to the tweet. For example:
"Clearly never taken Legal Studies 101."
"This tweet is a felony."