ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY
COVID-19 Management Strategy Update
(PHOENIX) — COVID-19 vaccinations are underway at ASPC-Perryville for correctional officers who are part of the 1B protective services personnel group. The officers began receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination on a voluntary basis early this morning. Next Monday, vaccinations will also begin at ASPC-Perryville for Centurion healthcare workers who are part of the 1A frontline healthcare group. Centurion is the health care provider for the ADCRR inmate population. Many Centurion healthcare providers serving ADCRR complexes have already received vaccines through state run POD locations, with some having completed the two-dose series. ADCRR Correctional Officers are also eligible to receive the vaccine through the POD locations that are available in each Arizona county, such as the 24/7 vaccine POD located at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
As ADCRR facilities acquire additional vaccines, distribution will begin for correctional officers (1B) and healthcare workers (1A) at other complexes. ADCRR has also formulated a comprehensive distribution plan in close collaboration with ADHS for the vaccination of inmates, starting with individuals based on age or medical conditions most at risk for complications if infected by COVID-19. The anticipated administering of vaccines to our vulnerable inmate population is dependent on the number of vaccines received, and locations where they are received. Receiving the vaccine is voluntary.
In another proactive step against COVID-19, on Tuesday, January 19, ADCRR will begin offering a second round of widespread PCR testing to its nearly 38,000 inmates. The testing, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services, will take place at all 10 complexes as well as ADCRR’s private prison facilities. Last August, ADCRR became one of only a handful of state correctional agencies in the nation to mass test their entire inmate population and continues to remain in this category with a second round of mass testing.
The broad testing allows the department to identify asymptomatic spread and then isolate and group inmates as needed to mitigate COVID-19 spread in its facilities. Each test is then recorded in the individual inmate’s medical record. More than 85,000 inmate tests have been conducted across our state and contract prison facilities since COVID-19 emerged last year.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Department has been in compliance with CDC and ADHS guidelines in taking broad-steps to mitigate the risk and impact of COVID-19 in all of our facilities. Keeping our staff, inmates and communities safe continues to be our top priority.
COVID-19 data continues to be updated on ADCRR’s dashboard at https://corrections.az.gov/adcrr-covid-19-dashboard. Please note the data on the dashboard is cumulative back to February. For the latest regarding ADCRR’s COVID-19 management strategy, please also visit: https://corrections.az.gov/covid-19-management-updates.