OYA received its own allotment of vaccines through Oregon Health Authority (OHA) that was large enough to ensure all youth who want the vaccine are able to get it. OYA began vaccinating eligible youth (those age 18 or older) inside our youth correctional facilities on Feb. 26, using the Moderna vaccine.
Moderna vaccines are still available through our facility clinics for youth in OYA facilities who want them.
OYA worked out a plan with OHA for local pharmacies to provide the Pfizer vaccine to youth in our facilities who are 16 or 17. Those vaccines are still ongoing.
OYA is working with public health officials to bring vaccines to eligible youth in the community, and that process is also ongoing.
For OYA staff, our agency offered multiple vaccination clinics at our facilities in February. During these clinics, 275 staff were vaccinated. OYA staff have also been encouraged to get vaccinated at clinics in the community.
The vaccine is not mandatory for our youth or our staff.