New England Journal of Medicine
November 12, 2020 Vol. 383 No. 20
Covid-19 Vaccine Trials and Incarcerated People — The Ethics of Inclusion
Camila Strassle, B.A., et al
… There are three arguments for enrolling incarcerated people in vaccine trials. First, it would offer them early access to a potentially efficacious vaccine. Second, it would provide them with a choice to participate in medical research that will be offered to nonincarcerated people. Third, it could shorten the amount of time needed to study vaccine efficacy, if transmission rates continue to be higher in correctional facilities than elsewhere.
Research involving incarcerated populations is ethically, legally, and logistically complex…