More than 45,000 Texas prisoners could get vaccinations for swine flu because they fit the criteria for priority inoculations, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Vaccine could start arriving next week. Officials also plan to inoculate more than 40,000 correctional officers and medical personnel who work with those prisoners and also are considered to be high-risk.
Texas prisoners could get their shots before members of the general public who might need them, a situation that recently triggered an outcry in Massachusetts. A lawmaker there last week called for the vaccines to be given to the public first. Texas officials say the decision on who gets the vaccines is set by a distribution policy from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.