Posted on September 29, 2021

New Hampshire Prioritized Non-White Individuals for COVID-19 Vaccines: Federal Complaint

Sam Dorman, Fox News, September 28, 2021

D.C.-based think tank filed a federal complaint alleging that New Hampshire violated federal civil rights law by prioritizing non-White people for vaccinations.

Filed on Tuesday, the complaint asks the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to “seek a binding voluntary resolution agreement with all the guilty parties.”


The complaint was filed by Boyden Gray and Associates and the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), where former President Trump’s OCR head, Roger Severino, currently works.

“No one seeking medical care should ever be sent to the back of the line because of their race, but that is exactly what the state of New Hampshire did with COVID-19 vaccinations. HHS must investigate and hold New Hampshire accountable for its blatantly illegal discrimination,” EPPC policy analyst Rachel Morrison said in a press release.

The complaint focuses on a 28-year-old White male, whose name was redacted from the version of the complaint released to the public. According to the complaint, the anonymous man was at heightened risk for the COVID-19 virus but was notified via an automatic recording that appointments were “fully subscribed” for people of color.


That allegedly came after the state of New Hampshire prioritized minorities as part of an effort to aid “disproportionately impacted populations.”


Gov. Sununu reportedly touted the statewide policy as a way to ensure “equity.”

“We have a plan in terms of allocating a certain amount of our vaccine to ensure equity,” he said, according to “A plan to reach our communities that tend to be inequitably served by our healthcare system.”