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Bureau of Prisons Delivers COVID-19 Vaccine to 68 Facilities

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Bureau of Prisons Delivers COVID-19 Vaccine to 68 Facilities

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The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) said in a statement Monday that vaccine doses have now been delivered to 68 facilities across the United States. As of Jan. 11, there are 5,530 federal inmates and 2,013 BOP staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 nationwide, according to a BOP tracker. To date, there have been 188 federal inmate deaths and 3 BOP staff member deaths attributed to COVID-19. BOP said in late December that it would begin giving vaccinations to inmates, reversing a previously reported order that reserved doses for staff members. A Jan. 4 vaccination guidance document (pdf) notes that, in context of limited vaccine supply, staff have priority for receiving shots, with those who have potential close contact with those infected being first in line. The guidelines say that, after offering vaccinations to all employees, institutions should proceed with offering the vaccine to inmates, with top priority given to those …

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