MANILA – More than 74,000 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) in 472 jail facilities nationwide that are managed by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“Sa total na bilang natin na 123,848 inmates sa lahat po yan ng 472 jails nationwide, 74,730 na ang nabakunahan so that's roughly around 60 percent (Of our total number of 123,848 inmates in all 472 jails nationwide, 74,730 have been vaccinated so that is roughly around 60 percent),” said BJMP spokesperson, Chief Insp. Xavier Solda, in a radio interview on Tuesday.
Of this number, Solda said 38,811 inmates have been fully vaccinated.
Solda said this is the result of the directive of BJMP chief, Jail Director Allan Iral, for regional directors to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) for the inclusion of inmates in their vaccination activities.
He added that all inmates at the Bocaue Municipal Jail in Bulacan and the Bataan District Jail have already been vaccinated against Covid-19.
“Sa mga LGUs, talagang maya't maya, pinapaalala namin sa kanila na huwag sana nila makalimutan yung kanilang mga constituents, including inmates, at nagpapasalamat kami sa kanilang positibong response (From time to time, we remind LGUs not to forget their constituents, including inmates, and we are grateful for their positive response),” Solda stressed.
Solda said 4,404 inmates in BJMP jails have recovered from Covid-19 out of a total of 4,595 confirmed infections.
Meanwhile, active cases are placed at 77 while 114 inmates succumbed to Covid-19.
“Nagtayo tayo ng ating mga 'Ligtas Covid-19 centers' para immediately matugunan natin 'yung may mga mild symptoms lamang na mga Covid-19 patients of course in partnership with the local health units at sa DOH (Department of Health) (We have set up 'Ligtas--19 Covid centers' so that we can immediately take care of those with mild symptoms, of course in partnership with the local health units and the DOH). The BJMP leadership has been proactive in setting up isolation facilities to give more focused medical attention to those who need it,” he added.