Inmates at the Bedford County Correctional Facility have started receiving vaccinations for COVID-19.

Warden Joseph Eichenlaub said the jail completed its first round of vaccinations on Tuesday for all staff and inmates who had requested vaccines. He added about 20 inmates had requested the vaccine.

“We’re working on continuing identifying those that are currently still here that may decide they want the vaccination as well as those who are coming in” he said.

Eichenlaub said signup sheets will continue to be passed around the jail for inmates.

The Pennsylvania Prison Society, which advocates for humane prison conditions on behalf of incarcerated individuals, in a news release Thursday said many inmates in county jails across the state still lack access to vaccines due to problems in the state’s distribution plan.

Eichenlaub noted the county receives its vaccines through the Hyndman Area Health Center.

In addition to the vaccines, the jail continues to enforce coronavirus mitigation efforts, including a quarantine period for new inmates entering the facility and the use of face masks.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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