DeKalb County Jail inmates receive COVID-19 vaccines

April 29, 20212min10820
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is successfully controlling and containing the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus on employees and inmates. A milestone was met this week, as some 55 inmates voluntarily received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Educational sessions by Wellpath, our inmate health services provider, have helped inmates make informed decisions about taking advantage of this opportunity while in our custody,” says DeKalb Sheriff Melody M. Maddox. “Requests for the vaccine are increasing daily.”

Currently, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 among inmates in custody at the DeKalb County Jail. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 284 positive cases among inmates and 125 cases among employees and vendors. The jail imposes a temporary housing quarantine on new arrestees as a precautionary measure before they can interact with other inmates. There have been no deaths due to COVID-19 among employees or inmates.

If an inmate chooses to be vaccinated for COVID-19 while in custody and is released before receiving the second dose, the agency provides a vaccination card with information on where the second dose is available, along with a facial mask and applicable med

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