If PA prison guards refuse to get vaccinated, they should find employment somewhere else
The lawsuit spells it out this way: “The commonwealth’s failure to apply the ‘vaccinate or weekly test’ rule to all individuals in the congregate setting unnecessarily increases the risk to the health and safety” of union members.
But this is about more than the safety of the guards. It’s about the safety of vulnerable inmates, as well.
In a criminal system where Black people are disproportionately imprisoned, and wrongfully convicted far more often than their white counterparts, I’m forced to ask a simple question: How many more wrongfully convicted Black prisoners are sitting inside, waiting to be infected with a virus that could very well give them a death sentence for a crime they didn’t commit?
Prison guards are well within their rights to refuse the vaccine, but they don’t have the right to endanger inmates, so if that’s the stance they want to take, they should be prepared to find employment somewhere else.
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Photo: Cell #10 By. Brook Ward