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Pinellas County jail begins vaccinating inmates

Those in the jail will have access to the Pfizer vaccine. The jail will prioritize older people and those with chronic illnesses.
A file photo shows the entrance to the Pinellas County Jail complex in Clearwater, where inmates began receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.
A file photo shows the entrance to the Pinellas County Jail complex in Clearwater, where inmates began receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday. [ Times ]
Published Apr. 13
Updated Apr. 13

The Pinellas County jail began providing vaccines to inmates Tuesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The announcement came a week after the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office began providing vaccines in its jails and five days after the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office did the same.

Inmates will be offered the Pfizer vaccine, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Older inmates and those with chronic illnesses or other vulnerabilities will be prioritized, as will those likely to remain in the jail for more than three weeks, ensuring the jail can provide both doses of the vaccine.

Those who are released from jail after their first shot but before their second will be referred to the Department of Health, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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