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Prison activists want New York to release more vaccine data

Jul 28, 2021 1:03 pm

Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that New York United for Justice, a coalition of 14 criminal justice reform organizations, called on New York to release information about COVID-19 vaccines in prisons. So far the state is yet to release public data on the rollout of vaccinations in prisons. “It is imperative that DOCCS and DOH provide the public with a clear and detailed picture of COVID-19 tracking and management in prisons, including vaccination data and how they are planning to fight future outbreaks. Prisons are ideal breeding grounds for COVID-19 outbreaks, and with potentially large numbers of unvaccinated people in prisons, we cannot risk creating another surge,” said Alexander Horwitz, the group's executive director. “Without transparency and accountability, DOCCS’ current approach poses a clear public health risk to all New Yorkers.” Prison officials say they have released vaccination rates, but the activists want more detailed data. "The Department has been reporting vaccination rates for months, which makes NYUJ’s claims completely false. All of the incarcerated population in NYS DOCCS correctional facilities have been offered a vaccine. To date DOCCS has administered a total of 15,195 vaccines," a DOCCS spokesperson said in a statement. "As of July 27, 2021, 14,786 or 46.2 percent of incarcerated individuals currently in DOCCS correctional facilities, have received the vaccine." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.