On June 12, 2020 the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Jefferson County Health Department and our new healthcare provider NaphCare, will begin testing inmates for COVID 19. The testing will be at both Jefferson county jail locations, Birmingham and Bessemer. Inmates will have the option not to be tested. Inmates will also have the option to receive a vaccination for the prevention of Hepatitis A. Our goal is to identify anyone who might have the COVID 19 virus, inform the inmate and separate him/her from the general population. We have taken extraordinary measures to protect the jail environment from the spread of COVID 19 including screening all new incoming inmates before they enter the jail. All Deputies and unsworn personnel will also be tested for COVID 19. On June 1, 2020, Naphcare became the official health care provider for the Jefferson County jails. Naphcare is headquartered in Vestavia, Alabama and operates over 70 facilities. Working together with the Jefferson County Health Department and NaphCare our objective is to keep a safe jail environment and prevent the spread of disease.