Vaccines for prisoners

Vital shots: State health personnel entering the Penang Remand Prison to deliver vaccines to the inmates. – Bernama

VACCINATION for inmates at the Penang Remand Prison in George Town, Penang, has started.

Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said over 200 inmates would get their jab from the state Health Department daily.

They started on Monday and will vaccinate over 200 inmates each day.

“I was told that all of the inmates will be vaccinated unless they have underlying health issues.

“My hope is that all 2,080 of them will be vaccinated,” he said.

Mohamed Jusoh said with the inmates vaccinated, it would bring much relief to him as chances of another Covid-19 outbreak in the prison would be slimmer.

“I will not need to worry as much as before as they will be protected.

“It is better if they are all vaccinated as there are so many of them,” he said.

An inmate in handcuffs receiving his jabAn inmate in handcuffs receiving his jab

Mohamed Jusoh said all of the prison officers were fully vaccinated as well.

Northeast district Health officer Datin Dr Azizah Abdul Manan said there were a total of 1,900 inmates at the Penang Remand Prison who would be vaccinated over the course of this week.

In October last year, there was a Covid-19 outbreak at the Penang Remand Prison after an 85-year-old prisoner tested positive for Covid-19 following his death, which then sparked hundreds of cases.

The whole of Jalan Penjara, a section of Jalan Berek and part of Jalan Lim Khoon Huat surrounding Penang Remand Prison were then closed and placed under the enhanced movement control order (MCO).

A total of 2,298 inmates in Penang Remand Prison, seven staff quarters with 117 units and eight prison officials’ houses were affected during the enhanced MCO that lasted two weeks from Oct 15 last year.

This resulted in the postponement of trials and remand cases involving its inmates as well.

Meanwhile, a total of 93,000 students aged 12 to 15 in Penang will be getting their vaccination starting today.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this group of students were eligible under the Covid-19 immunisation programme for adolescents.

“The state-level National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for adolescents, comprising 43,000 teenagers aged 16 and 17, is expected to complete by the end of this month,” he said in a statement on Monday.

He said the state government and state Health Department would also increase the capacity at existing vaccination centres to expedite the vaccination exercise for the students.

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