Virginia Department of Corrections offering incentives for offenders to get vaccinated


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) is offering an incentive to offenders who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a news release, the department says it will offer free email stamps, phone credits, and a care package filled with commissary items. A spokesperson for VADOC tells WFXR that those who get vaccinated would receive 15 email stamps, 20 minutes in phone credit, and commissary items such as instant coffee, granola and cereal bars, chocolate chip cookies, and instant noodles.

VADOC says incentive packages will be distributed in early March.

According to VADOC, as of January 15th, 1,177 staff members and 648 offenders have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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