Mississippi ramps up mass vaccinations in state prisons | Govt-and-politics

JACKSON, miss. (AP) – Mississippi has given thousands of state prisoners COVID shots behind bars while its on-going mass vaccinations, state officials said.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections began its efforts with the most populous prison in the state – the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl.

As of Friday, officials said they had vaccinated almost all of the 3,017 inmates there.

Mississippi State Prison in Parchman will be vaccinated this week and South Mississippi Correctional the following week, the agency said.

Vaccinations are not compulsory for inmates. In some states, up to 40% of inmates turned down the vaccine, while in Mississippi only about 1% turned down the vaccine, the agency said.

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