By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some New York State lawmakers are now calling for immediate access to COVID-19 vaccines for prisoners.

Starting Saturday, State Sen. Julia Salazar, who chairs the corrections committee, will begin a series of visits to five state prisons, two jails and an ICE detention center.

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More than a dozen Senate and Assembly members will also take part.

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In response, the State Department of Corrections says all prisoners have been tested for COVID-19 and it is now working with the health department to develop a vaccination plan.

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