OVER 74,000 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in facilities controlled by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), its spokesperson Chief Inspector Xavier Solda said on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Solda said a total of 38,811 PDLs have completed their vaccination while 35,919 received the first dose.

He said this forms around 60 percent of the 123,848 PDLs under the BJMP custody in 472 jails.

Solda said they are continuously coordinating with local government units and national vaccine operations for the provision of more vaccine shots for the PDLs.

He said the BJMP has recorded a total of 4,595 Covid-19 cases among PDLs with 50 deaths and 4,404 recoveries.

Solda said 72 PDLs are still in isolation in their Covid Center Facility.

He said face-to-face visitation remains suspended to prevent Covid-19 transmission among PDLs.

They are also continuously improving their electronic visitation program where PDLs were given a chance to see and talk to their loved ones through video calls.

Solda said out of the 18,801 BJMP personnel, 15,027 were fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag said a total of 4,774 out of around 48,500 PDLs under their custody have been vaccinated.

Of the number, 3,100 at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong, 10 at National Bilibid Prison and 214 at San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Talisayan, Zamboanga City have already been fully vaccinated.

Solda said 60 PDLs at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Davao del Norte have received their first dose.

Out of the estimated 4,000 Bucor personnel, only 1,500 have been vaccinated.

He said Bucor's vaccine supply relies on the allocation of the local government unit, Department of Justice and Department of Justice.

Chaclag said the DOH recently gave Bucor 10,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines, of which only 3,000 were administered.

“Pag medyo nasanay na ‘yung mga personnel natin ay 1,500 to 2,000 per day hanggang sa maubos ‘yung allocation natin and then bibigyan ulit tayo,” he said.

Chaclag said 29 PDLs under their custody succumbed to Covid-19. (SunStar Philippines)