Houston Chronicle

Eligible inmates begin to receive COVID-19 shots

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The Travis County Jail began administer­ing the COVID-19 vaccine to qualifying inmates last week, the county sheriff ’s office said Monday.

Forty inmates were vaccinated Friday and more were expected to receive the vaccine on Monday, according to a news release.

The inmates being vaccinated qualify for innoculati­on under phase 1B of the state’s distributi­on plan, which includes people who are 65 or older and those 16 and older who have a chronic medical condition that puts them at higher risk of severe illness from the coronaviru­s.

In the last two weeks, 57 inmates and 10 sheriff ’s office employees tested positive for COVID-19, the news release said.

Five inmates are currently in the jail’s quarantine unit for people who have tested positive for the coronaviru­s.

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