Vaccination at federal correctional institutions

Update: Correctional Service Canada COVID:19 Vaccine Roll-Out: Phase Two

Vaccines administered to federal inmates: This chart outlines vaccines administrated to federal inmates. As more vaccines are administered, CSC will provide further updates to this table.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has rolled out its COVID-19 vaccination plans for the second phase of the vaccine rollout, in accordance with National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) guidelines.

Under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, CSC has a legal obligation to provide essential health care to federally incarcerated inmates, including vaccine administration. As per the NACI guidelines, residents and staff of congregate living settings, such as correctional institutions, are included as priorities in phase two, as they are in higher-risk environments.

In January 2021, during phase one of the vaccine rollout, CSC vaccinated approximately 600 older, medically vulnerable inmates. Beginning in mid-April, CSC began offering the COVID-19 vaccine to the remaining federal inmate population in 43 correctional institutions and 14 community correctional centres (CCCs) across Canada. To complement existing provincial and territorial vaccination programs and assist with overall vaccination efforts, CSC is offering the vaccine to institutional and CCC employees who have not already had the opportunity to be vaccinated by their province.

Our employees are essential to keeping our institutions safe and secure, and work closely with inmates to provide:

Many CSC employees working in our institutions have already received their first dose of the vaccine from their province or territory. CSC’s approach allows employees, who are not yet vaccinated, to receive the vaccine in their workplace at the same time as the offender population. Employees are encouraged to take the first vaccine that is offered to them. Together, these efforts will help increase the overall level of protection for those living and working in congregate living settings.

Both offenders and employees must consent to receiving the vaccine. CSC continues to raise awareness about vaccine safety and the importance of being vaccinated. Health and safety measures, such as:

will continue to apply after vaccines are administered. This will ensure that layers of protection continue to be in place in our correctional institutions.

The health and safety of our inmates, employees, and the public have been our top priority during this pandemic. The vaccine is the best defence to protect both offenders and staff against COVID-19 and, when paired with existing measures, will help to bolster our overall public health and safety. CSC will continue to work closely with the provinces and territories on its vaccinations plans and rollout.  

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