Editorial: Excluding prisoners from vaccine priority would be criminal

Had he lived, Lawrence Carter should have been one of the first in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. He was 76 years old, diabetic, had one leg and was confined to a wheelchair. But Carter was an inmate at the Seminole County, Florida, jail. In the state’s view, he would have deserved the same vaccine priority as a healthy 21-year-old: None. When it comes to protecting prisoners from COVID-19, Florida’s attitude has been almost criminal from the start. That’s not changing now that vaccines are rolling out. The first batch is going to health care providers and people 65 and older. You cou…

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