COVID-19 has spread rapidly in prisons, jails, and detention centers across the country. Over one year into the pandemic, The Marshall Project reports that there have been over 390,076 reported cases in prisons across the country. Incarcerated people have contracted the virus at a rate more than three times of those outside of prison.
By now we also know that some people who are currently incarcerated are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This hesitancy is completely understandable. Many incarcerated people don’t have ways to get information about the different vaccines—especially without access to the internet and limited access to people on the outside. Adding to the distrust due to lack of information is the long history of harmful medical practices by health care workers inside prisons.
Represent Justice worked in conjunction with our Ambassadors, Ameelio, and Amend to create an educational resource that can be sent inside to prisons and jails. Through the Ameelio app you can now send a postcard in English or Spanish with vaccine information to your loved one on the inside.
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide of how you or a friend can send a vaccine info card to a loved one on the inside for free:
- Download the Ameelio app on your phone using either the Apple App Store or Google Play.
- Create an account and add your incarcerated loved one’s information.
- Click “Send an Ameelio” and navigate to “photo cards”.
- Click the plus icon and scroll to the “Health” section.
- There, you can select our COVID-19 vaccine info card and add a personalized message to send to your loved one.
Those on the inside deserve to be properly educated about the Covid vaccine. Getting them the information they need is more important than ever.