By CBS3 Staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Starting Thursday, there will be a pause on in-person visits at Pennsylvania state prisons. Officials say due to COVID-19-related issues among the staff, the halt on in-person visits will last until Feb. 28.

As a result, free video visits will be expanded and cable TV in inmates’ cells will be free next month.

While about 90% of inmates are fully vaccinated, officials say among state prison staff, barely half are fully vaccinated.