By WECT Staff | March 30, 2021 at 4:51 PM EDT – Updated March 30 at 4:51 PM
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (WECT) – Inmates and employees at the Bladen County Detention Center received the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, March 25; the vaccines were administered by Bladen County Health Department staff and Dr. Terri Duncan.
“We go to great lengths to protect the jail population from the Coronavirus,” said Jail Administrator Captain David Shaw. “When inmates first come into the facility, they are quarantined for 14 days from other inmates. Since last July, the jail has only had 11 inmates who tested [positive] for the Coronavirus,” said Shaw.
Considering the number of inmates that come through the facility — the average inmate population at the center on any given day is 120 inmates — the number of COVID-19 cases has been low.
Other employees have received the vaccination previously when vaccines were available.
“I am proud of the protocols and personal protection that we have put in place for our employees and inmates here at the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center,” said Sheriff Jim McVicker.
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