“Where We Stand,” Dec. 8th, 2020
Every day, the Commissary Club community engages in important conversations about the issues that matter most to us. Each week, we’ll highlight our community members’ voices as they respond to issues surrounding criminal justice, prison reform, reentry, and more, across the internet.
On November 20th, Pfizer and BioNTech applied for FDA emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine. With a safe and effective vaccine on the horizon, officials, and the American public, have been engaging in discussions about who will be among the first to receive doses, which will initially be available in a limited supply.
With COVID-19 surging across the United States, the need for a vaccine feels more urgent than ever. But although some of the most massive outbreaks have occurred in federal prisons and incarcerated people are at risk, the C.D.C has indicated that they will prioritize vaccinating correctional officers. According to a report from The New York Times, several groups, including the American Medical Association, have recommended that incarcerated people be among the first to receive the vaccine due to the risks of living in confinement.
According to a report from the Denver Post, at a press conference on December 1st, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said that incarcerated people should not receive before those who haven’t committed a crime.
Friends of Commissary Club took to social media to discuss the importance of prioritizing incarcerated populations in vaccine distribution and the public health implications of failing to do so.
Dr. Hadar Aviram
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