HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania prison system announced Thursday it is stopping in-person visits for the thousands of inmates who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. The Corrections Department also said it will begin housing unvaccinated inmates together next week.
Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said the policy will limit the contact that the unvaccinated have with potential carriers of the coronavirus.READ MORE: Eagles Sign DE Josh Sweat To 3 Year Contract Extension
The changes won’t affect inmates’ access to classes and programs. Additional terminals will be installed in the unvaccinated units for video visitation.READ MORE: Man Shot At Least 8 Times In Strawberry Mansion Left In Critical Condition, Police Say
Nearly 8,000 inmates in state prisons are not vaccinated, or about one in five.
The prison system provides vaccinations to all inmates who want one. It also requires everyone to wear masks indoors.MORE NEWS: Delaware Gov. John Carney Requests Disaster Declaration From President Joe Biden Due Damaged Caused By Ida
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