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California prisons start vaccinating employees, inmates in Stockton
By sacbee.com- Wes Venteicher
Published: 12/22/2020

A state prison in Stockton that houses California’s most seriously ill inmates will be the first to start vaccinating employees and prisoners Tuesday morning, a union official said.

The California Health Care Facility will vaccinate volunteers, prioritizing employees and inmates based on age and health conditions, exposure to the coronavirus and — for employees — the type of work performed, said Steve Crouch, director of public employees for the International Union of Operating Engineers, a union that represents prison maintenance and HVAC employees.

The prisons are basing vaccination decisions on risk factors, not on whether potential recipients are inmates or employees, according to limited information the California Correctional Health Care Services has posted online.

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