Arizona Corrections offers booster shots to inmates
PHOENIX – As the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads across Arizona, state corrections recently announced it will offer booster shots to inmates who have been fully immunized against the virus.
The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reintegration in a press release said the boosters were being deployed at all 10 prison complexes across the state in addition to six privately contracted facilities.
Since February 2020, 12,800 inmates have tested positive for the virus, according to the department’s scoreboard, which represents 20.11% of the state’s prison population. There have been 56 confirmed deaths of inmates from COVID-19.
Vaccines against the virus are encouraged but not required for inmates, the department said.
“The COVID-19 booster shots, especially in the midst of the latest variant, will go a long way in helping our exceptional correctional officers and professional staff as we continue our work to mitigate COVID-19 in our collective correctional environment,” said David Shinn, director of ADRCR. said in the press release.
Booster injections are also offered in each state penitentiary establishment to officers and professional staff of the department.
State Corrections said COVID-19 protocols will continue, such as face coverings being mandatory for indoor inmates when they are outside their housing unit.