Liberty Co. inmates receive COVID vaccine

Liberty Co. inmates receive COVID vaccine

LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Now that Georgia has expanded vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and older, inmates are getting their opportunity to get the shot.

In Liberty County, reducing the spread of COVID-19 has been a concern after an outbreak in January.

Liberty County Jail started administering vaccines to its inmates last week. Major David Edwards says, although they are not requiring inmates to get shots, they are recommending it.

Through a partnership with Savannah Life Sciences, Liberty County Jail has given 38 inmates their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. There are 205 inmates in the jail, and Major Edwards says more are expected to get vaccinated next week.

The jail population includes many who are older and high-risk. Major Edwards says this is the population that is seeing a high demand for the vaccine. Back in January, the jail had a COVID-19 outbreak and now it’s back to zero cases.

Major Edwards says it’s a good feeling to know they can finally offer the vaccine to inmates.

”From going to where we were in January to now, it’s just, it’s just different, night and day to have the inmates to get vaccinated. It’s just a peace of mind,” said Maj. Edwards.

Maj. Edwards says they will also be administering vaccines to jail staff next week, as well as their families.

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