Nearly half of Missouri's prison population is vaccinated, paving the way for visitation to start soon

Nearly half of Missouri’s prisoners have been vaccinated against COVID-19, which means visitation can resume soon. 

The Department of Corrections says 10,795 inmates or 47% of the prison population have received vaccinations.

Vaccinations amongst prisoners and DOC staff is voluntary, and the department cannot track staff vaccination rates.    

The number of active coronavirus cases has dropped to 23 inmates and three staff members. 

Over the course the pandemic, the Department has reported 48 inmate and six staff member deaths related to COVID-19. 

A DOC spokeswoman says they plan to resume allowing visitors on June 1, starting with prisoners who have been fully vaccinated.