(BOP) - The Bureau of Prisons has achieved a milestone in the distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. On Friday, February 19, 2021, the Bureau exceeded 50,000 total doses administered. The Bureau has worked closely with the federal government's COVID-19 Vaccine/Therapeutics Operation (formerly known as Operation Warp Speed) since its creation to ensure vaccines are made available to staff and inmates at the earliest opportunity, consistent with public health considerations.
On January 28, Director Michael Carvajal was presented a certificate of achievement recognizing the Bureau of Prisons for leading all jurisdictions and Federal entities in its rate of vaccination utilization, having the highest percentage of vaccines administered per doses allocated across all of the United States. At that time, the COVID-19 vaccine had been delivered to staff and inmates at more than half of our correctional facilities across the country.
As of February 22, 2021, 52,534 total doses of the vaccine have been administered and every location within the Bureau has received the first dose of the vaccine. Seventy locations have received second doses. As a result, 11,233 staff and 8753 inmates are now fully inoculated. The Bureau's success and efficiency in managing this vaccination initiative highlights the work the Agency continues to do to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to achieve its mission during this worldwide pandemic.