COVID vaccines (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction of Ohio .
Multi Request COVID vaccines
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, 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.


Emma North-Best

From: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Good morning,
I am confirming receipt of this request. I will consult with our Office of Legal Services and be in touch.
Thank you.
JoEllen Smith

From: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) is offering the vaccine to staff and the incarcerated population based on the guidance and phased approach established by the Ohio Department of Health.

DRC is not able to process your request because it does not ask for a specific, existing DRC record and is therefore overbroad. Please clarify the records you are seeking, or contact me if you need assistance.

Thank you.
JoEllen Smith