The vaccine velvet rope

On the surface, it’s great news: Turns out people really, really want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Over the summer, only about half of Americans had said they were “likely” to get their shots, a concerning number that has grown, in one recent poll, to as high as 84 percent. It’s an exciting development: Every inoculation brings us one step closer to establishing herd immunity, and finally seeing an end to this tragic chapter of our history.

But the jostling for the jab has come with some elbow-throwing. And par for the pandemic course, it is America’s elites — people deemed, for one reason or another, more “important” than the rest of us — who are given the opportunity to jump in line.


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