The COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Should Know (For Loved Ones of Those Who are Incarcerated)

History shows that prisons, jails, and detention centers are not designed to be sites of health care and well-being. They are sites of punishment with a track record of unethical, inhumane, and degrading treatment of individuals. These problems make even more important the need to 1) understand what COVID-19 is and 2) choose options that both safeguard constitutional rights and protect the health of your loved ones.

Key Points

This document addresses the following concerns:

  • Why is COVID-19 a special threat to people in jails and prisons?
  • What is the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • How does the vaccine work?
  • What are the limitations of the vaccine?