Middlesex sheriff holds ask-me-anything session

For incarcerated individuals with questions regarding vaccination 

With Covid-19 vaccinations set to soon begin at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction, incarcerated individuals had an opportunity to ask questions of infectious-diseases doctors.

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and Drs. Alysse Wurcel of Tufts Medical Center and Kathryn Stephenson of Harvard University addressed incarcerated individuals and took questions during ask-me-anything sessions Tuesday, Jan. 19. The questions asked -- combined with feedback from a baseline survey conducted earlier this month-- will be used to construct FAQ sheets and an informational video to be available throughout the facility.

Results of the baseline survey released last week showed that approximately 40 percent of incarcerated respondents indicated they would want to receive the vaccine.

“Today’s sessions were an incredible opportunity for some of those in our custody to ask the experts questions about the vaccine,” said Koutoujian in a Jan. 20 news release. “It was abundantly clear from listening to the questions posed by the individuals that we met with today, that there is a great amount of interest in the vaccine. And while some have already made the decision to be vaccinated, even more are open to doing so.”

Questions asked Jan. 19 focused on a variety of topics including the development timeline, whether any immunity is garnered from the first shot, as well as whether individuals should continue to wear masks after being vaccinated.

Under the Commonwealth’s vaccination plan, those living and working in congregate settings, including jails, may begin to be vaccinated this week.

To date, the sheriff's office has gone nearly four months without a positive Covid-19 test after conducting  more than 160 tests among its incarcerated population during that time frame.

To learn more about the sheriff office's Covid-19 response, visit middlesexsheriff.org/covid19

Jan. 18, 2021: Survey tells how many at Middlesex Jail want vaccine

This news announcement was published Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.


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