Headlines December 25, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccination Given to Frontline Workers
Frontline healthcare workers are the focus of the vaccination effort that began Tuesday as the coronavirus continues to spread in state prisons. Other workers, like those that transport the prisoners, have also received shots so as not to waste any doses whenever there is some leftover.
Once a vial is opened there is about a six-hour window to use it because of the Pfizer vaccine’s short shelf life. Each vial contains enough vaccines for six people.
Some Prison Staff Receive Vaccine
Close to 7,000 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began and 20 have died. About 1,100 staffers have contracted the disease with 311 on leave as of Wednesday.
Colorado’s original distribution plan was amended to prioritize prisoners over 65 with underlying health conditions when complaints came in about the original plan having all prisoners getting the vaccination ahead of those in the general public 65 years or older.
Gov. Polis Commutes Sentences
Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday commuted the sentence of four prisoners, including an 84-year-old man the American Civil Liberties Union has been pushing to have released.