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PRISONERS IN MONTANA ARE GETTING PRIORITY FOR COVID VACCINE

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I have no problem with prisoners in our prison system and inmates in our jails being vaccinated, especially for COVID-19. I do have a problem with them moving to the front of the line and getting the vaccine before hard-working Americans can get the vaccine- especially when the vaccine is in limited supply.

If you missed the good news that came out Monday, President Trump’s efforts to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine to the American people in record time is now coming to fruition. President Trump delivers once again. Health care workers, obviously, top the priority list for getting the vaccine.

Matt Hoffman wrote a story for The Billings Gazette noting how teachers will also be prioritized for the vaccine in Montana, but they won’t be eligible for the vaccine until tier 3 under Montana’s plan. This is also when prisoners in our prison system would be eligible for the vaccine, according to the report. Here’s who else is covered under tier 3:
  • People from racial and ethnic minority groups
  • People from tribal communities
  • People who are incarcerated/detained in correctional facilities
  • People experiencing homelessness/living in shelters
  • People attending colleges and universities
  • People who work in educational settings (e.g., early learning centers, schools, and colleges and universities)
  • People living and working in other congregate settings

Prisoners being treated on par with school teachers in Montana? Hopefully the incoming governor can make some modifications to this plan from the outgoing administration.

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