City residents have less of a shot at COVID vaccinations than other New Yorkers and Americans, stats suggest

Others say disjointed and sometimes contradictory communications related to testing and protective equipment during the pandemic did not help ease community concerns. “The general mistrust in the medical field which has been fueled by the inconsistent messaging,” said Beverly-Xaviera Watkins, a social epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. Watkins formerly worked for the NYU School of Global Public Health. “You have to ask residents, what is that you are concerned about and how you get past it,” she added.