With the emergency orders now in place for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, we're taking a closer look at the distribution plan.
Colorado's COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan will be implemented in three phases, giving priority to the highest-risk healthcare workers and staff at long-term care facilities in phase 1A. In Phase 2B, more healthcare workers, home health care providers, ems, firefighters, dispatchers, funeral directors, other first responders, and correction workers are included. Phase 3 in the summer includes the general public.
The plan does not indicate when inmates in correctional facilities could receive doses of the vaccine. That is raising concerns as a recent study by the Associated Press and The Marshall Project found one in every five state and federal prisoners in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times as high as the general population.
Should inmates receive COVID-19 vaccines before the general public? Voting has closed for this poll — here are the results:
- 82% voted no
- 18% voted yes
Watch for another poll this Wednesday afternoon that we will follow and review starting at News5 at 4 p.m.
Editor's note: This survey is not based on scientific, representative samples and is solely for KOAA purposes.