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KOAA Survey: Should inmates receive COVID-19 vaccines before the general public?

Posted at 10:54 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 10:19:48-05

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.

Read more on the plan

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.