Washington Prison Offers Inmates Ramen Noodles For Vaccines | Oregon


KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) – Staff at a south-central Washington state prison have found an inexpensive, yet effective, way to encourage inmates to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of the first of the month, the Benton County Jail has been distributing one of its most popular police station items to inmates who sign up for their first COVID shot – ramen noodles, the Olympian reported.

By Monday, the jail will have distributed 900 packs of noodle soup to 90 inmates, said Scott Souza, chief of corrections at the Benton County Corrections Department.

It is advertised to inmates around the prison with flyers featuring a larger than life photo of the seasoned and wavy noodles and a headline that says SOUPS FOR SHOTS.

“To encourage and support COVID vaccination efforts, Benton County Corrections will provide each inmate who begins their vaccination series 10 FREE RAMEN NOODLE SOUPS !!! Say posters around Kennewick, Wash.

“We are doing everything we can to encourage vaccination and we are getting an exceptional response,” said Souza.

Any inmate, regardless of the length of their stay, is eligible for the program if they have not yet been immunized. The Benton County Jail has shared information about the program with other prisons in the state, Souza said.

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