The spokesman for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Chief Insp. Xavier Sulden said at an online press conference on Monday (August 30) that 10,939 prisoners out of 119,692 inmates had been fully vaccinated.
At least 16,380 inmates received their first dose, while 4,259 inmates received their second dose, and those who received single-dose vaccines reached 6,680.
He said the BJMP’s vaccine launch was dependent on the Ministry of Health’s National Vaccination Operation Center, despite local government units (LGU) have helped a lot.
As an example, he cited the cases of the Bocaue City Prison and the Bataan District. He said all inmates in the two prisons had already been vaccinated “through the efforts of their LGUs”.
He said if LGUs continued to expand their vaccination programs to inmates in city and community prisons, “is one thing big deal for the BJMP ”.
According to Sulden, there are currently 99 active COVID cases in Filipino prisons with a total of 4,235 cases. 41 have died of COVID-19, for which no cure is known.
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