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Critical populations and infrastructure will be identified and estimated through use of the most recent
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data, American Community Survey (ACS) data, and
ESRI Community Analyst data. Critical populations to be gathered through these data sets include: racial
and ethnic minority groups; individuals 65 years and older; individuals with disabilities; individuals that
are underinsured or uninsured; individuals living in congregate settings; and individuals attending
colleges or universities. Kansas has defined critical infrastructure workforce personnel to include
healthcare personnel and other essential workers as included in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
Security Agency (CISA) 4.0 guidance.
In considering who should be vaccinated for COVID-19 first, the CDC experts looked at three different metrics: science, implementation, and ethics. The elderly lost points in the ethics category because racial and ethnic minority groups are underrepresented among adults age 65 and over. For the sin of being insufficiently diverse, many of the elderly were slated to die by falling in line behind "essential workers" in vaccine prioritization. An excellent thread providing more details on the methodology used can be found here.