Nearly 1 out of 10 BuCor prisoners vaccinated vs. COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) – Nearly one out of 10 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in prisons managed by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Based on the data released by BuCor on Monday, only 4,774 out of 48,511 prisoners in the agency's seven operating prisons and penal farms received their COVID-19 shots.

Among the inoculated inmates, only 3,324 are fully vaccinated while the rest had already received their first dose.

The New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, which has the biggest prisoner population among the BuCor-managed prisons with 28,499, has administered the vaccine to 1,400 PDLs, all of them for their first dose.

The Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong City, meanwhile, tallied 3,100 fully vaccinated PDLs.

A total of 214 inmates of the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City have been fully immunized, while some 60 prisoners of the Davao Prison and Penal Farm have also been partially vaccinated.

The Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan, and the Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog town have yet to start vaccination among PDLs.

The bureau added that 588 out of 1,682 prison personnel have already received their COVID-19 vaccine shots.

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