ALG’s Frank Addario is featured in a May 30 article in the Toronto Star on an initiative to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in provincial correctional facilities. Frank visited the Toronto South Detention Centre with Dr. Gary Bloch of St. Michael’s Hospital and colleagues from the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the John Howard Society. The visit was an opportunity to speak with people in custody about the importance of getting vaccinated and misconceptions and other reasons for hesitancy. Frank also appeared in a COVID vaccine education video produced by the CLA that will play in provincial correctional facilities.
People in provincial and federal custody are uniquely susceptible to outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus because of crowded living conditions. The initiative by the CLA and John Howard Society follows reporting that vaccination rates in provincial detention centres are far lower than the provincial average.
Read the full article on the Toronto Star website.