Around 300 inmates have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in a prison near the Moroccan capital, which officials say is a commitment to protect a particularly vulnerable population.
SAIL, Morocco – Nearly 300 inmates in a prison near the Moroccan capital have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the latest inmate to benefit from the vaccination campaign, which officials say is considered a particularly vulnerable population Refers to the commitment to protect.
Prisoners 45 and older engaged in the line for AstraZeneca vaccine shots on Wednesday at the Al Arjat 1 prison for sale, where both men and women are imprisoned.
A prisoner named Habiba said after his job, “We were not scared from the onset of the epidemic, but with this vaccination we will be safe.” Like other prisoners, he made his mark only by his first name.
According to prison officials, as of Thursday, about 4,400 out of about 11,500 inmates had been vaccinated, as a national campaign was launched at the beginning of the year. The entire staff of the jail administration has also been vaccinated.
According to the general delegation of the prison administration, known as DGAPR, 11 prisoners have died and 626 others were infected with COVID-19 in Morocco. An outbreak n cases last year prompted authorities to launch a prison prevention program, and vaccination of workers and prisoners is an important part of it.
King Mohammed VI ordered the release of more than 5,600 prisoners in April 2020 to prevent the spread of the virus in Morocco’s packed prisons. Restructuring prison visits, health monitoring and medical testing of the prisoner population most susceptible to severe COVID-19 were other steps taken to keep COVID-19 outside prison walls.
Morocco has been at the forefront of vaccination campaigns in African countries. Raja began the rollout in late January with his shot in the arm.
While waiting for his turn on Wednesday, a prisoner of Al Arjat 1 said, “Personally, I was not expecting this.” “I thank everyone involved in this.”
More than 8 million Moroccans had received their first vaccine, while about 5 million had been fully vaccinated by Wednesday night. In addition to the AstraZeneca vaccine, Morocco has received a supply of Sinopharm vaccines made in China and there are also plans to use the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia.
Since the onset of the epidemic, the country had reported about 517,810 confirmed cases and more than 9,130 deaths as of Wednesday.