(St. Paul, MN)   — Members of Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine allocation panel are disappointed with the state’s vaccination policy when it comes to equity. Three members of the panel and over three-hundred clinicians, researchers and organizations say the state has not prioritized vaccines for Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Asian Minnesotans. Data from the state Department of Health shows that racial and ethnic minorities in the state are dying from the virus at a rate of two-to-four times higher than the white population. Racial and ethnic minorities are also being hospitalized at a rate three-to-five times higher than the white population. Critics of the state’s vaccine allocation say they want transparency from the panel on how decisions are being made when it comes to vaccine allocation as basing it on age is not enough.