FILE - An aerial view San Quentin State Prison on July 08, 2020 in San Quentin, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO - A Florida correctional officer polled his colleagues earlier this year in a private Facebook group: "Will you take the COVID-19 vaccine if offered?"The answer from more than half: "Hell no." Only 40 of the 475 respondents said yes.In Massachusetts, more than half the people employed by the Department of Correction declined to be immunized.
A statewide survey in California showed that half of all correction employees will wait to be vaccinated. In Rhode Island, prison staff have refused the vaccine at higher rates than the incarcerated, according to medical director Dr.