Some 176 inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison, (HMP) reportedly refused to take the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine when it was offered to them on Thursday.
State media identified Acting Prison Superintendent, Jermaine Anthony as the source of the information.
Anthony said 65 out of 244 inmates were vaccinated on March 8, however, only three volunteered to take the injection on Thursday.
Over 30 prisoners were recently transferred to a newly renovated facility at the ABDF Crabbs Peninsular training area after they tested positive for COVID-19.
Anthony also said 43 correctional officers did not show up to take the vaccine, an accusation which they deny, saying that they were not notified and some had already made their own arrangements to be vaccinated.
“On March 5th 2021, out of a total complement of 101 staff to include 95 officers and six civilian staff, 26 officers were vaccinated,” he reported.
He said again on March 8, “out of a complement of 244, 65 inmates were vaccinated and on that same day, we would have had a total of 20 correctional officers being vaccinated”.
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