Davao targets to vaccinate at least 1,000 jail personnel, inmates

Published July 19, 2021, 1:33 PM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The City Health Office (CHO) has started the inoculation of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and jail personnel at the Davao City Jail (DCJ) last week.

According to Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson of the COVID-19 Task Force, the CHO is targeting to vaccinate 1,000 jail personnel and inmates as part of the government’s action to achieve herd immunity.

Data from the Davao City Vaccination Cluster shows that as of July 16, a total of 555 priority individuals, including senior citizens and persons with comorbidities were inoculated.

In a statement from the City Information Office, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Davao’s Community Relations Service and Inmates Welfare and Development chief Captain Ellen Rose Garcia said that “of the 555 vaccinated individuals, 489 were PDLs from DCJ-annex and 66 are BJMP personnel.”

“Despite the fact that our clienteles are detained inside our facilities, we will still be doing our job into contributing to the goal of the government to achieve herd immunity. Furthermore, it is one of our priorities to secure our PDL’s health and well-being during this pandemic,” Garcia said. At present, the city jail houses a total of 2995 PDLs at the Davao City Jail- Male Dormitory, Davao City Jail- Female Dormitory, and Davao City Jail- Annex.

Garcia said they are implementing precautionary measures to prevent an outbreak inside the jail facilities.

“We are still on jail lockdown to control the people coming in and out of our jail facilities. Our personnel on duty, despite being vaccinated, still follow the health protocols. Our health service is also working relentlessly to monitor our PDL and personnel’s health,” she said.

The Davao City Vaccination Report from the Vaccination Cluster reported as of July 15 that a total of 290,946 first dose and 112,499 second dose of vaccines have been administered.