BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — About 85% of Louisiana’s prisoners aged 70 and older opted to get the coronavirus vaccine once access opened to the elderly statewide. That's according to data that has corrections officials optimistic that large swaths of the state prison population will follow suit when they are eligible. The Advocate reports Louisiana corrections officials are offering inmates a $5 canteen credit for receiving the vaccine and promising wider access to visitation and programming once those activities resume. Prisons and jails became epicenters of the virus in many communities in the U.S. because of close quarters and enclosed spaces that make social distancing impossible.
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About 85% of Louisiana’s prisoners aged 70 and older opted to get the coronavirus vaccine once access opened to the elderly statewide.
Posted: Feb 7, 2021 12:17 PM
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