RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Four Virginia Department of Corrections facilities have received their first shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
VADOC posted photos on Twitter Thursday of healthcare-related staff getting the first dose of the vaccine.
The following correctional facilities received doses:
- State Farm CC: 800 doses
- Fluvanna CCW: 900 doses
- Greensville CC: 700 doses
- Deerfield CC: 600 doses
In a plan released Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Health said they plan to give prisoners access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1b.
RISE for Youth has criticized VDH’s decision because it does not include incarcerated youth.
“While we applaud Governor Northam’s decision to prioritize vaccinating incarcerated Virginians in adult facilities, we strongly urge the Northam Administration to include incarcerated youth as well. There have been 44 reported positive cases in Virginia’s youth facilities, but with the Department of Juvenile Justice refusing to implement widespread testing, we cannot be fully certain of these numbers. We know that youth would be better served at home during this global crisis, and now it appears these vulnerable youth in DJJ’s care stand to be left at further risk by not receiving access to the vaccine. These young people urgently need the vaccine to protect themselves, as well as the staff and the surrounding communities. We urge Gov. Northam to include incarcerated youth in the next round of vaccine rollouts.”RISE for Youth
To learn more about Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, click here.