Prison officials are taking steps to avoid another Covid-19 outbreak within the country’s sole penal institution.
Hence, despite Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) being Covid-free since May 2021, staff and prisoners are moving to get their booster shots.
Acting Superintendent of Prisons, Jermaine Anthony, disclosed that to date they have achieved “98 percent vaccination with regards to the staff; the other two percent would have been individuals who would have been granted exemption on medical grounds”.
That is 48 percent more vaccinations since August 2021, when they last reported.
Anthony said while he does not have an exact figure, “in regards to the inmates our vaccination rate continues to increase”.
Furthermore, as of Thursday, “we are presently engaging…in booster shots for those who would have been fully vaccinated as well as vaccinations for those who would have had their first shot or those who would not have previously been vaccinated,” he revealed.
“We do have inmates who would have been sceptical initially, who are now coming forward and are asking to be vaccinated,” the acting prison boss added.
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