Global Scan: COVID-19 Vaccinations in Prisons

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People detained in prisons and people working in prisons continue to be left behind in COVID-19 responses around the world, despite facing heightened risk of infection.

The right to health in prisons

A lack of transparency and resources, combined with logistical difficulties hinder the collection and publication of accurate data on the state of COVID-19 vaccinations in prisons in many countries.

This report, developed jointly by Harm Reduction International and Penal Reform International, presents the findings of the first ever global mapping of COVID-19 national vaccination plans and their roll-out in prisons. It provides analysis on how, and to what extent, prisons are included (and prioritised) in national vaccination plans, and documents the progress as of October 2021 in rolling out the vaccine in prisons.

This report sheds light on a critical aspect of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in prisons, namely vaccinations, which are an important tool for ensuring that people deprived of liberty – who too often remain invisible to society – are not forgotten.

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