Topic: Vaccinated prisoners, unvaccinated guards illustrate Biden's tricky ro

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A federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, grabbed national headlines in รีวิวเกมสล็อต after a COVID-19 outbreak killed at least eight inmates and sickened more than 100 people.

Sixteen months later, about 70 per cent of its inmates have been vaccinated against the coronavirus - a rate more than double the 34 per cent of Bureau of Prisons (BOP) staffers there who have taken the shot, according to Oakdale's union leader Ronald Morris, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1007.

The low rate reflects how responses to COVID-19 - whether getting vaccinated or wearing face masks to slow transmission - has turned into a partisan issue in the United States, with many Republicans rejecting both.

"It's just the distrust," said Morris, who told Reuters he decided it was best for him personally to get the shot to protect his family. "It depends what side of the political spectrum you're on or what part of the country that you're in."

The fact that so few Oakdale employees have agreed to get vaccinated underscores the challenges President Joe Biden's administration will face as he tries to order federal employees to either get vaccinated or face regular testing.

In a statement, the president of the union representing BOP staff warned that his group would resist a federal vaccine mandate.

"Their freedom to decide to accept a vaccine, or decline a vaccine, is protected by the Constitution and remains a personal choice," said Shane Fausey, president of National Council of Prison Locals 33.