VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WFIE) - 125 inmates at the Vanderburgh County Jail have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Sheriff Dave Wedding said those inmates were vaccinated on Thursday. The sheriff says they vaccinated their inmate workers first, and then opened up to those inmates in cells that surround those workers.
He said those workers were chosen to be vaccinated first because they could likely spread the virus more if they contract COVID-19.
Sheriff Wedding said they wanted inmates to get the Johnson & Johnson single shot. He said they didn’t want inmates to get out of jail and then forget to get the second shot of another vaccine.
“This way, they’re protected at the initial vaccination,” Sheriff Wedding said.
He said some inmates were skeptical about getting the shot.
“I think the inmate population is like the regular general population,” Sheriff Wedding said. “You have some that want the vaccine, and then you have others that are hesitant. We’re not forcing it on them. We’re just giving them the opportunity. We had several inmates decline the offer.”
The sheriff said more vaccinations are coming. He said they’re working with both the Vanderburgh County Health Department and the jail’s health care provider to bring more vaccines to vaccinate the majority of their inmates.