Massachusetts will vaccinate prisoners in first rollout

Prisoners, people in homeless shelters and medical workers will be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in Massachusetts, ahead of the elderly and general public.

The state’s three-phase distribution plan was laid out on Wednesday and gives priority to healthcare workers, first responders, and those in congregate settings like jails and shelters from December to February. 

Phase two from February to April will see individuals at a high risk of COVID-19 complications, school teachers, sanitation and public works employees and adults over the age of 65 receive the vaccine.

Under phase three from April to June the vaccine will be available to the general public.

Each state will determine their own distribution plans and at least nine states – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico – and Puerto Rico will give inmates first access to the vaccine, according to the Washington Post.  

Prisons across the country have seen massive COVID-19 outbreaks due to crowded conditions, shared bathrooms and communal facilities that makes social distancing practically impossible. 

Prisoners, people in homeless shelters and medical workers will be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in Massachusetts, ahead of the elderly and general public according to the three-phase vaccine distribution plan announced Wednesday

Prisoners, people in homeless shelters and medical workers will be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in Massachusetts, ahead of the elderly and general public according to the three-phase vaccine distribution plan announced Wednesday

Prisoners, people in homeless shelters and medical workers will be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in Massachusetts, ahead of the elderly and general public according to the three-phase vaccine distribution plan announced Wednesday

'Our plan for the first round of vaccine shipments maximizes life-saving care for our most vulnerable residents and protects health care workers, first responders and workers doing COVID-facing work,' Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday

'Our plan for the first round of vaccine shipments maximizes life-saving care for our most vulnerable residents and protects health care workers, first responders and workers doing COVID-facing work,' Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday

‘Our plan for the first round of vaccine shipments maximizes life-saving care for our most vulnerable residents and protects health care workers, first responders and workers doing COVID-facing work,’ Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday

‘Our plan for the first round of vaccine shipments maximizes life-saving care for our most vulnerable residents and protects health care workers, first responders and workers doing COVID-facing work,’ Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. 

More than 252,000 inmates have been infected with COVID-19 and at least 1,450 inmates and correctional officers have died from the contagious virus, according to a New York Times database.

In the US there are some 2.3million people incarcerated in prisons and detention centers. Nearly 500,000 of those have not been convicted of a crime or are awaiting trial, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.

Some prisons in Massachusetts with the highest number of virus cases include the Massachusetts Correction Institution (MCI)- Shirley with 388 cases, MCI-Norfolk with 295 cases, the Massachusetts Treatment Center prison with 153 and Hampden County Correctional Center with 147 cases. 

Massachusetts saw outbreaks at several prisons as recently as early November at MCO-Norfolk, where the number of coronavirus cases spiked from 26 to 140 in one week, according to WBUR.

The surge at Massachusett’s prisons triggered universal testing of state prisoners and staff in mid-November.   

The American Medical Association and John Hopkins’ Center for Health Security also have pushed for vaccinating incarcerated people early on in roll outs.  

Massachusetts has seen COVID-19 outbreaks at several facilities in the pandemic. Massachusetts Correction Institution (MCI)- Shirley has the most virus cases, reporting 388 infections

Massachusetts has seen COVID-19 outbreaks at several facilities in the pandemic. Massachusetts Correction Institution (MCI)- Shirley has the most virus cases, reporting 388 infections

Massachusetts has seen COVID-19 outbreaks at several facilities in the pandemic. Massachusetts Correction Institution (MCI)- Shirley has the most virus cases, reporting 388 infections

MCI-Norfolk has had 295 infections reported so far

MCI-Norfolk has had 295 infections reported so far

MCI-Norfolk has had 295 infections reported so far

Gov. Baker said an order for the first shipment of 59,475 doses of the Pfizer vaccine was placed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday and is slated to arrive around Tuesday.

About 300,000 doses are due by the end of December to be distributed in the first phase of the vaccinations.

The first order of vaccines will be delivered directly to 21 hospitals in eight counties and to the state’s Department of Public Health Immunization lab, starting next week.

Then 1.9million vaccines will be brought in for Phase Two. 

He warned that delivery dates and quantities are subject to change due to ongoing federal approval and all vaccines would be distributed for free.

In an effort to equitably distribute the vaccines, 20 percent of vaccines will go to communities with high social vulnerabilities and high rates of COVID-19.

On Thursday an FDA advisor group will offer a recommendation on whether or not to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for distribution. The United Kingdom and Canada have already approved Pfizer.

Massachusetts-based Moderna’s vaccine is similar and also filed for emergency FDA approval.

Dr. Paul Biddinger, the chief of emergency preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital, said that ‘effective immunity will be achieved about six weeks after immunization on average’, as per the Boston Herald

He said that a swathe of the country should be vaccinated within six to nine months, which would lead to herd immunity. 

As of Wednesday in Massachusetts more than 259,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the start of the pandemic and more than 10,900 deaths. 

Nationally, there have been more than 14million cases of the virus and more than 289,000 deaths. 

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