Concerns Raised About COVID Vaccine Uptake in Illinois Prisons

Concerns Raised About COVID Vaccine Uptake in Illinois Prisons

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) – Visits to Illinois’ prisons are being phased in as staff and inmates get vaccinated. But, there are concerns being raised about how much uptake there is for the COVID-19 vaccine among staff.

Prisons went on lockdown for most of COVID-19. But, with vaccines now available, Illinois Department of Corrections Director Rob Jefferys told lawmakers last week, there is uptake.

State Rep. Rita Mayfield said there are concerns of possible lawsuits if the state’s prison staff aren’t getting vaccinated. She said that should be a requirement.

Prison watchdog group The John Howard Association also raised concerns about reports of staff at prisons in some rural areas not abiding by masking requirements.

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