COVID-19 Letter Sent to the Incarcerated
“ To All Offenders:
On Thursday, Jan. 14, the State of Missouri activated Phase 1B, Tier 1, of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan. The vaccine will be made available to all Missouri Department of Corrections staff as part of Phase 1B, Tier 1. In addition, Phase 1B, Tier 2, is scheduled to be activated Monday, Jan. 18.
Phase 1B, Tier 2, includes all Missourians in high-risk populations, such as people age 65 or older and those with specific medical conditions placing them at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness. This category includes some offenders currently housed in Department of Corrections facilities. It applies only to offenders in high-risk populations. If you are eligible to receive a vaccination as part of Tier 2 of Phase 1B, medical staff will contact you in the near future and ask whether you choose to be vaccinated. Please do not contact the medical team regarding COVID vaccines; they will be in touch with you if you are eligible to be vaccinated in this group. The remaining offender population will be included in a later phase of the vaccine rollout plan.
Please note that at this time, a sufficient supply of vaccine to cover Phase 1B has not yet arrived in Missouri. However, an increased supply of the vaccine is expected to start arriving in Missouri next week. We will keep you posted as this process evolves and the vaccine becomes available.
Meanwhile, please continue to take precautions to protect yourselves and the people around you.”