Only 35% of prison staff want to be vaccinated

Only 35% of prison staff want to be vaccinated

Vaccination is currently optional for prison staff.

By Hannah Critchfield

Just over a third of North Carolina prison staff want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to an informal investigation by state prison officials.

The remaining employees, around 65% of the detention staff, do not want the COVID-19 vaccine. Immunization is currently optional for correctional staff.

“Most won’t get it,” said “Kristine,” who worked as a medical supervisor at Tabor Correctional Institution and a correctional service employee for the state for 11 years before retiring three years ago. month. NC health News gives her a pseudonym because her husband still works in the prison system, and she said state employees who speak to reporters “will usually get a slap in the face.”

The Department of Public Safety, which oversees state prisons, may consider offering incentives for staff to get vaccinated “later,” according to John Bull, spokesperson for the agency, which oversees the prisons. of state.

Bull noted that the investigation was “unscientific”.

The figure comes from directors and senior executives, he said, who have “repeated and ongoing” discussions with staff and …

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