Va. DOC encourages inmates to take COVID-19 vaccine

Inmates will get free email stamps, telephone credits and a care package filled with commissary items


By Sarah Calams

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Corrections is offering incentives to inmates who get their COVID-19 vaccine.

According to a VADOC press release, inmates will get free email stamps, telephone credits and a care package filled with commissary items.

"We want all staff and inmates who want the COVID-19 vaccine to get their inoculations as soon as possible,” said VADOC Director Harold Clarke. "This effort is important to all in the VADOC community – our staff, inmates and the community outside the walls, where our staff and inmates' families live. We hope this campaign leads to better health in VADOC facilities and in the Commonwealth itself."

Last week, the department began vaccinating as many staff and inmates as possible. Currently, 1,177 staff members and 648 inmates have received vaccinations.

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