More than 100 inmates at Roanoke City Jail receive first voluntary dose of COVID-19 vaccine


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke authorities say more than 100 inmates at the Roanoke City Jail received their first voluntary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

According to the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and a team of medical volunteers administered the first voluntary doses of the coronavirus vaccine to 116 of the 391 current inmates at the Roanoke City Jail on Wednesday, March 3.

In recent weeks, authorities say the security staff surveyed the inmate population to determine how many vaccines were needed to complete the clinic.

Every inmate interested in receiving the vaccine was pre-registered, vaccinated, and set to receive their second dose in the correct amount of time if they are still incarcerated, the sheriff’s office says.

However, if any inmates are released before the time comes for their second dose, officials say they will give the inmate the necessary contact information and arrangements so they can successfully receive their final vaccination.

“Thank you to the Sheriff’s Office staff, VDH, Naphcare and the inmate population for the cooperation to make this a smooth process,” the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office said in Wednesday’s statement. “The Roanoke Sheriff’s Office is still working closely and relying on guidance from VDH to continue to slow the spread of this virus in the facility, as well as the community.”

If you have any virus-related questions about the Roanoke City Jail, you are asked to call (540) 853-1761 between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or submit a question online.

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