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Vaccinations against COVID-19 begin in US prisons


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A worker receives a dose of the coronavirus vaccine developed by #Pfizer and #BioNTech in #Crown #Point, #Indiana, on #Friday, #December 18, 2020. (#Kale #Wilk / The #Times via AP)#Kale #Wilk / AP
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WASHINGTON (AP) – The #Federal #Bureau of #Prisons has begun administering coronavirus vaccines to staff members and some inmates at the complex where the #Department of #Justice is carrying out executions as authorities try to bring an outbreak under control. virus on installation.

#Doses of the coronavirus vaccine had been delivered to 19 prisons, including the #Federal #Correctional #Complex in #Terre #Haute, #Indiana, an agency official told The #Associated #Press on #Wednesday. #Among the prisons that received the vaccine are some that were heavily affected during the pandemic.

#About 7,100 inmates in federal prisons and more than 1,600 agency staff across the country have tested positive for COVID-19 as of #Wednesday, including 406 inmates at #Terre #Haute #Penitentiary. #Since #March, 179 inmates have died from the virus across the country.

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The agency has struggled for months to combat the growing number of coronavirus cases in the country’s federal prisons. #Federal statistics show that there are currently more inmates testing positive for COVID-19 at the #Terre #Haute compound than at any other federal prison in the nation. The number of cases in the prison has increased exponentially in recent weeks, when the last execution took place a few weeks ago. #Some 133 inmates had contracted the virus at the facility.

#Two men who have executions scheduled for next month, #Cory #Johnson and #Dustin #John #Higgs, are among #Terre #Haute inmates who have tested positive for the virus. The #Justice #Department said in a document released to the court this week that they had been “medically discharged from isolation” but were still showing symptoms of the virus.

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https://www.chron.com/news/article/Inician-vacunaciones-contra-COVID-19-en-prisiones-15836595.php

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