DRAPER, Utah — Nearly all of the inmates of age 70 or older at the Utah State Prison have begun receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, the Utah Department of Corrections reports.
A clinical services team screened the eligible inmates and offered them the vaccine last week, and 79 inmates agreed to receive it.
“I think the (danger) with COVID is worse than any problems with the vaccine,” said 70-year-old inmate Nghia Cano.
Those inmates who agreed to receive the vaccine began receiving their doses Monday, a news release from UDC says.
According to UDC, inmates have shown that they're well aware of the effects of COVID-19 on older people and those with underlying medical conditions.
“Oh, yeah, it’s very relevant,” said Craig Jensen, a registered nurse who is the infectious disease coordinator for the Clinical Services Bureau, the UDC’s medical arm. “It’s a concern to them. They ask questions all the time. They know they are high risk.”