Note: images of jail inmates provided by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have been edited by the agency, as required by law. -KtE

A group of inmates lined up, pulled up their sleeves and got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination thanks to the Polk County Health Department at the jail, joining millions of other Georgians who are protecting themselves from the coronavirus pandemic.

The clinic was held on Thursday morning.

Polk County Jail Administrator Major Rachel Haddix reported that 38 inmates were able to get the vaccine via an arrangement made with the medical staff and the Polk County Health Department.

The vaccination clinic at the jail for inmates was completely voluntary, Haddix said. She added that in the next couple of weeks, the health department will return to provide a second shot to those inmates who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Haddix also said that if other inmates seek to get the vaccine after having watched others incarcerated having gotten the shot, the jail will arrange a second clinic.

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