Vaccination of prisoners underway

By Abigirl Tembo

With almost 900 active COVID-19 cases in the country’s prisons, correctional service authorities have intensified the vaccination drive, with over 14 thousand prisoners and their officers having been vaccinated.

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has not spared the country’s prisons with 2754 cases having been recorded since the start of the pandemic.

This has pushed prison officials into action after intensifying the vaccination drive.

“Our prison officers have been the most affected, hence we are vaccinating everyone from the inmates, the officers and their dependents. This is a nationwide exercise,” says Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu.

Inmates, who spoke to ZBC News, commended government for the equitable distribution of vaccines.

Government says it is satisfied with the progress made so far.

The Deputy Minister of Heath and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro, said, “We are very happy with the progress so far. Many people are taking up the jabs. We are also expecting more vaccines this Sunday and we continue calling on people to get vaccinated.”

1 292 642 people have received the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine so far.

Out of a cumulative total of 91120 cases, 2 809 have died, while 69 627 people have recovered, leaving the country with 28 684 active cases.

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