Director's Message -- June 17, 2021

As summer approaches, Gov. Northam has lifted a number of the pandemic restrictions we have all had to live with over the past year. Relief appears to be in sight as case numbers drop, and the "normalcy" we have all yearned for seems closer. But with different strains of COVID-19 starting to make the rounds among many people still hesitant to get vaccinated, we cannot let our guard down.

We as an agency are doing our part to educate our employees about vaccinations, their side effects, and the major positive role they are playing in reducing the number of cases, both in Virginia and around the nation. I wish to share with you the information we are sharing with our employees, as well as my wishes for a healthy, happy summer season.

Valerie Boykin, Director
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice

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