Fact Sheet

May 14, 2021

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

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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.


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?