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Vaccination rate among Arkansas prison staff worries experts

Added 05-09-21 01:03:01pm EST - “Sluggish COVID-19 vaccination rates for Arkansas prison workers are raising concerns about the prison system's ability to ward off disease during the pandemic's next phase and against more-contagious variants, according to public…” - Washingtontimes.com

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Sluggish COVID-19 vaccination rates for Arkansas prison workers are raising concerns about the prison system’s ability to ward off disease during the pandemic’s next phase and against more-contagious variants, according to public health and incarceration experts.

About 42% of the more than 4,700 Arkansas Department of Corrections employees have received at least one shot, an agency spokeswoman said. The corrections department set a goal of vaccinating 80% of employees after shots were offered on Jan. 5, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday.

More than 11,300 people in Arkansas’ custody have contracted the virus, and at least 49 died, according to Department of Health data.

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As of May 1, Arkansas’ infection rate among prisoners was the third-highest among states, according to data compiled by the Marshall Project, a nonprofit criminal-justice news outlet.

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