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Butte County Jail inmates to receive COVID-19 vaccine

On Jan. 28, inmates at the Butte County Jail started receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

Butte County Public Health Department provides Butte County Jail with enough vaccinations for 100 inmates.

Posted: Jan 28, 2021 11:10 AM
Updated: Jan 28, 2021 12:54 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte County Jail inmates will begin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine today, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

The Butte County Public Health Department provided the jail with enough vaccinations to administer to 100 inmates.

Inmates will be given the vaccine on a voluntary basis with priority given to the inmates 65 years and older and inmates with underlying health conditions.

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The jail is a congregated living environment that puts the inmates at a greater potential for the virus to spread among inmates and staff members.

The jail medical staff will be administering the vaccines inside the jail’s medical facility.

“This is a big step forward in our ongoing effort to keep inmates and staff members working in the jail safe,” said Sheriff Kory Honea. “It will also help control COVID-19 in our community, which is a benefit to everyone.”

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