The Oregon Department of Corrections has offered a COVID-19 vaccine to every inmate in custody. Nearly 70% of people in prison have given consent to be vaccinated. After months of outbreaks and 42 COVID-related deaths in Oregon prisons, there are currently 9 active COVID cases in state prisons, down from a high of 730. We talk to Colette Peters, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, about the department’s progress in vaccinating inmates and staff, and in fighting COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons.

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