Most Inmates Have Had Their Covid Shots — But Their Guards Likely Haven’t

When the number of covid-19 cases among inmates in Pennsylvania state prisons last fall topped 1,000 and staff cases hovered in the hundreds, the union representing 11,000 corrections officers began lobbying to get prison staffers to the front of the line for vaccinations. John Eckenrode, president of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, pressed state officials for months to give prison workers the same status as hospital staff members, first responders and teachers. “This is a health and public safety crisis,” Eckenrode said in a January statement. “It’s time to prioritize vaccinating staff, so they can do their jobs and also n...

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