Family and Friends Newsletter-April 2021

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Family and Friends Newsletter | April 2021

Visiting Update

Visiting room

As we work toward returning to some kind of “normal” within our institutions, there has been a lot of discussion about visiting. We know how important it is to you to visit with your incarcerated loved one.

Previously, you were informed that the goal is to resume visiting after 70% of the population has been vaccinated. However, Visiting is scheduled to begin June 1 for offenders who have been fully vaccinated. An offender is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
There will be a few restrictions, including requiring all offenders and visitors to wear a mask, limiting the visiting rooms to 50% capacity and screening visitors to help ensure they do not have COVID. At this time, visitors are not required to be vaccinated. 

As more people get the vaccination and as conditions with COVID improve, we will resume regular visiting for everyone, including those who have not been vaccinated. At this time, it is not possible to put a date on that. 

If your loved one signed up for the vaccine, please encourage them to get the vaccine when available. If they did not sign up, medical will be reaching out soon to give them another opportunity to get it. Offenders are encouraged to get vaccinated so they can begin visiting as soon as possible.  

Additional information will be forthcoming.

FOBO Vaccination Video

FOBO Vaccine

Offenders incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections produced a For Offenders By Offenders video to inform their fellow offenders about the COVID-19 vaccine and to encourage them to consider becoming vaccinated also. Click on the image to view the video.