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Richmond County to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to inmates at detention center



AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday it will begin vaccinating inmates at the detention center this week.

In a release, the sheriff’s office said COVID-19 vaccinations will begin Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two doses for inmates at the facility. The sheriff’s office sent a notice out last week to all inmates.

A total of 79 inmates requested to be vaccinated, which will be administered by the Georgia Department of Public Health. As of Monday, there are 960 people being held at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

Th announcement comes a couple of weeks after the Georgia Department of Corrections began vaccinating inmates at facilities across the state. As of Monday, a total of 6,323 inmates and 1,191 staff members have been vaccinated in Georgia.

The department has also vaccinated multiple people at local state correctional facilities. At the Augusta State Medical Prison, 521 inmates and 22 staff members have received the vaccine.

The Augusta Transitional Center has 117 inmates and 26 staff members who have been vaccinated, while the Richmond County Correctional Facility has 74 inmates who have received the vaccine.