“The average length of time our detainees are held is less than 26 days, so we didn’t want to create a situation where an inmate would get his first shot shot and then cycle into the community and he wasn’t completely. vaccinated, ”said Broomfield Police Commander Shawn Laughlin.
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A few weeks ago, in consultation with several city agencies, including Broomfield Public Health, the prison began administering both Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The J&J vaccine is one dose. The prison population is only around 50, half the average before the pandemic, but almost all inmates have been vaccinated.
“I would consider this to be a huge success, we are at an immunization rate of around 85% which exceeds our target of 80% and again most inmates are returning to the community, so the fact that ‘They leave here vaccinated, that’s success,’ Laughlin said.
“I just did my part,” said Marcus Jamsay, an inmate who will be released in the fall.
On Friday he received his second dose of Moderna. He says he had grandparents in the 80s and wanted to get vaccinated for more family members.
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“I have three daughters so when I get out of here I don’t have to worry. I am fully vaccinated, ”he said. “I’m going to feel good. The first shot wasn’t bad, just painful to the touch, those were the only side effects I had.
Laughlin says that with such a large segment of the population vaccinated, it has allowed the prison to bring back services like education and in-person programs.
“It basically gets us back to normal in the sense that you can for a correctional facility,” he said.
The average stay of an inmate at Broomfield Prison is only 26 days, and the program is seen as a way to help keep people safe both inside and outside the prison.
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“We have an obligation to change the trajectory the inmate was in before arriving at the facility, so we see that in the way we relate to inmates within the facility, so when we have programs like this, that’s a great answer. They want to be ready to come back to the community, ”Laughlin said.