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Millhaven among prisons to administer first COVID-19 vaccines to inmates

Millhaven Institution will be one of the federal penitentiaries to first administer the COVID-19 vaccine to elderly inmates. Nick Westoll / Global News File

According to Correctional Service Canada (CSC), the treatment centre at Millhaven Institution will be among several Canadian institutions to administer the COVID-19 vaccines to inmates for the first time Friday.

Earlier this week, Global News learned that federal inmates, who are deemed vulnerable populations, would be receiving the vaccines this week.

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In an email, CSC explained that the Regional Treatment Centre at Millhaven Institution, along with other sites across the country, would be giving the vaccine to 600 elderly inmates, prioritized by age and underlying conditions.

CSC said the inmates will be receiving the Moderna vaccine.

CSC also said that staff working at federal institutions are also “top of mind” when it comes to vaccines, but says provinces will be administering vaccines to employees.

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“We have been working closely with provinces to identify our health-care and frontline workers for prioritization and some health care staff have already been vaccinated. This is evolving quickly and we expect more health care staff to receive the vaccine soon,” CSC said.

According to a statement from CSC, 10 inmates at each federal institution given the vaccines were immunized Friday.

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Just recently, a major COVID-19 outbreak was announced at nearby Joyceville Institution, with 152 inmates affected, 99 of whom had recovered as of Thursday.

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