The lawsuit, filed by Columbia Legal Services, calls for COVID-19 vaccines to be made immediately available to all inmates in Washington jails; The lawsuit alleges that the state refused to immediately vaccinate some 15,000 people in prisons where the infection rate is more than eight times higher than the general population, in violation of the US Constitution, which prohibits “severe and unusual punishment.”
According to more than 1 million Washingtonians who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 102 people in 18 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks after being vaccinated, according to the State Department of Health. The cases involved eight people who were hospitalized. The department said two deaths were also being investigated as possible “vaccine promotion” cases. Vaccine promotion cases, which, according to the department, are expected to go along with any vaccine, represent 0.01% of people who have been fully vaccinated և have reached the age of 1 February.
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