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Gregg County Sheriff’s Office staff 100% vaccinated; shots offered to inmates

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:24 AM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - In a continuing battle against Covid-19, an East Texas sheriff’s office has taken steps to get as many inmates vaccinated as possible through a voluntary program.

On Wednesday, inmates at the Gregg county jail were offered the Pfizer vaccine on a voluntary basis.

“It was a shot clinic for the Gregg county inmates who desired to get a Covid 19 vaccination,” says Gregg county sheriff’s office lieutenant Josh Tubb.

Organized by the county’s emergency management coordinator, the vaccine was provided by Christus Good Shepherd.

“We administered approximately 240 shots today. A significant portion of our jail population chose to take the shots,” the lieutenant says.

Those 240 represent one-third of the Gregg county jail inmate population,

The importance is movement. There are new book-ins every day at the Gregg county jail, and that means new people coming into contact with existing Gregg county inmates.

And the objective was simple.

“This is an added layer of prevention. The sheriff is all about protecting anyone he can. We’re still wearing masks in the jail, the inmates are still wearing masks,” Tubb says.

Longview fire and EMT’s pitched in.

“Definitely got to give a special thanks to the Longview fire department. Their personnel came out, chief Steelman personally came out and gave shots to our inmates,” Josh says.

Along with staff efforts, the move is hoped to minimize any chance of another outbreak.

“All the sheriff’s office was vaccinated. Which drastically dropped our numbers. We have not had a case of Covid 19 in a significant amount of time,” says Tubb.

At the height of the Covid-19 outbreak, about forty inmates at the Gregg county jail and about forty sheriff’s office employees had tested positive.

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