‘I’M JUST GRATEFUL;’ COVID VACCINATIONS START FOR INMATES AT WORCESTER COUNTY JAIL
Jan 22, 2021
By Melissa Hanson
Christian Millett looked down at his tattooed arm, double-checking that the needle had already gone in. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine didn’t hurt one bit, he said.
“I didn’t feel it,” Millett said. “I thought it was going to be painful and it wasn’t … I’m like, is it done?”
Millett, 27, was among the first inmates at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction to receive a vaccine for the coronavirus. The jail this week started immunizing corrections staff and inmates with first doses of the Moderna vaccine.
Millett is scheduled to be in jail until September 2023 for assault and battery.
“It took me two years of just being here to change my lifestyle,” Millett said. “Since I’ve been here, I got my G.E.D., my ServSafe, my food handler’s safety, I’ve taken numerous classes, numerous substance abuse classes. I went from being in the bottom of my life to being higher.”
“I’m not trying to go home and be the same person I was,” he added.
Millett and Derrick Pitt, 43, who both work in the jail’s kitchen, said they’re happy to be included in Phase 1 of the state’s vaccination plan.