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The staff and incarcerated individuals at Rikers and other city jails must be among the first New Yorkers inoculated with the new COVID-19 vaccine. Both the staff and those incarcerated are some of the most vulnerable individuals during the pandemic, because social distancing is nearly impossible in the jails. Those incarcerated often sleep three feet apart in dormitories that house up to 50. At least four inmates and a dozen staff members have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and many more have fallen seriously ill. Even with measures taken to mitigate the spread of the disease…

Jessica Haller

Climate activist, tech entrepreneur, and working mom of four, running for NYC Council, District 11 in The Bronx. www.JessicaHaller.com

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