[Media Coverage] NYT: In Massachusetts, Inmates Will Be Among First to Get Vaccines

December 18, 2020

Tens of thousands of prison inmates in Massachusetts will be among the first to be offered coronavirus vaccines, before home health aides, seniors and medically vulnerable residents of the state.

The inmates, along with people who live in homeless shelters and other congregate settings, will be vaccinated by the end of February, after health care workers, emergency medical workers and residents of long-term care facilities receive the shots.

The state’s high prioritization of inmates is unusual. [...] (On Wednesday, researchers at seven universities urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prioritize the vaccination of people in prison and recommend that vaccines be administered to inmates at the same time that correctional officers and staff receive them.)

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