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Canada/Canadian-Media: As per the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) announced that it is beginning vaccination of older, medically vulnerable federal inmates against COVID-19 as part of the first phase of the vaccine rollout.
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The rollout of vaccinations by CSC expects would begin to highest-risk inmates in federal correctional institutions starting on January 8, 2021 and is planning to vaccinate approximately 600 inmates in the first phase.
With the availability of further supply of the vaccines, it will eventually be offered to all federal inmates based on NACI prioritization guidance.
Under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, CSC has an obligation to provide essential health care to federally incarcerated inmates and vaccines will be administered to federal inmates by CSC health care professionals.
CSC has been working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and has begun receiving doses of the Moderna vaccine, which was recently approved by Health Canada and are working closely with provinces to ensure vaccines are prioritized for these workers in the first phase.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, CSC has implemented rigorous infection prevention and control measures at its sites. Vaccines provide an additional measure to limit the spread of the virus and is key to further protect everyone.
“The health and safety of our employees, inmates, and the public is a top priority for the Correctional Service of Canada. This is very welcome news, as we know vaccines are a critical way to limit the spread of COVID-19. We will continue working with our public health partners, unions and stakeholders to roll out measures that help protect everyone during this public health pandemic,” Anne Kelly, CSC Commissioner.