Vaccinating Inmates Is Good For Public Health. Why Aren’t More States Doing It?

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Vaccinating Inmates Is Good For Public Health. Why Aren’t More States Doing It?

Prisons and jails are hotbeds for COVID-19. Public health experts say they should be given early access to a coronavirus vaccine. But only six states have prioritized vaccination for people who are incarcerated.

Sharon Dolovich, director of UCLA’s Prison Law & Policy Program, tells NPR why the debate over vaccinating inmates is a particularly American one.

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