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About 40% of prison staff, 30% of inmates decline COVID shot


March 19, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — About 40% of Kansas prison staff and about 30% of inmates have declined to be vaccinated for COVID-19 despite massive outbreaks at lockups that have infected thousands.

The Kansas Department of Corrections is in its sixth week of offering vaccinations to inmates and staff, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. It plans to continue operating vaccination clinics through mid-April, agency spokeswoman Carol Pitts said in an email.

"Close to 60% of staff who have been offered the vaccine to date have accepted, and close to 70% of residents offered the vaccine have accepted,"...

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