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Posted on: February 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Sheriff's Office Starts Offering Covid-19 Vaccine to Inmates

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Commander Matthew Figueroa

Phone: 928-226-5075

Flagstaff, AZ -

The Coconino County Detention Facility Medical Unit has completed Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) training which certifies the Sheriff’s Office Medical staff to administer the Covid-19 vaccinations to the inmate population. The Sheriff’s Office will begin offering the vaccine immediately. All inmates receive information about the vaccine while in custody.

The Detention Facility quarantines all new inmates for 14-days upon arrival prior to testing for Covid-19. Inmates who test negative after quarantine are placed in the general inmate population.  Inmates who test positive are moved to the medical unit and treated as required.  To date, 180-inmates and 35-Detention staff have tested positive for Covid-19.

All inmates incarcerated at the Coconino County Detention Facility are deemed high risk for contracting Covid-19 due to being housed in a congregate setting. The jail’s inmate population is considered to be at a higher risk for reasons such as: age, hepatitis, IV drug use, alcohol abuse, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, COPD, HIV, and homelessness.  After the high risk group is vaccinated, the vaccine will be offered to the remaining inmates that choose to receive it.  New individuals that are brought into the Detention Facility will be offered the vaccine after completing their initial quarantine period and tested negative for Covid-19.  If an inmate has previously received the first vaccine dose, the information will be verified. All vaccination records will be entered into the statewide Arizona State Immunization Information System.

Once an inmate has received the vaccination, they will be monitored for any adverse reactions as recommended by the manufacturer and the Center for Disease Control.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor and follow best practices as directed by the Center for Disease Control. The safety, security, and health of inmates continues to be a priority to the Sheriff’s Office.

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