|Multi Request||COVID vaccines|
|Submitted||Jan. 22, 2021|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Alabama Public Records, I hereby request the following records:
* Files, including letters, memos and emails, describing or discussing policies, guidance and procedures for providing COVID-19 vaccines to prisoners/inmates and/or staff.
* Files mentioning or describing the number of vaccines given to prisoners/inmates and/or staff.
I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself.
As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.
Please see our website @ doc.alabama.gov for the information that you request regarding COVID vaccines.
If you are not a citizen of Alabama, neither you nor your organization have standing to inspect our
public records under the Open Records Act. Ala. Code § 36-12-40 ("[e]very citizen has a right to
inspect and take a copy of any public writing of this state . . ."); McBurney v. Young, 133 S.Ct. 1709 (2013).
Otherwise if you are a citizen of Alabama, you can complete a public records request form and submit it to us along with a money order
or cashier's check and your request. I have attached a public records request form for your convenience in replying.
If you have questions, please contact me.
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