Inmates, Corrections Staff Express Reluctance to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine


Oklahoma inmates are experiencing their own version of pandemic fatigue.

The corrections department has limited inmate movement and enforced a mask mandate for staff and prisoners since April. A systemwide lockdown prompted by gang fights at the three male prisons in late November has added an additional layer of restrictions over the past several weeks.

A successful COVID-19 vaccination effort could reduce cases and deaths and allow the return of family visitation and in-person classes. Shipments of the vaccine should start arriving at prisons, jails and other congregate living facilities by the end of the month, state deputy health commissioner Keith Reed told Oklahoma Watch in an email.


By: Keaton Ross
Published: Oklahoma Watch

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