SRINAGAR: V K Singh, Director General of Police, Prisons Department, said on Saturday that the COVID-19 vaccination of eligible jail inmates is underway, and that it began at the holding centre, which houses over 200 illegal immigrants from Myanmar.
Despite the lethal second wave, which forced the department to suspend inmates’ physical meetings with their relatives for their protection, he said there are no coronavirus positive cases among the over 4,500 inmates in any of the 13 jails across the Union Territory.
The COVID-19 vaccination drive was started on April 6 from the Holding Centre Hiranagar in Kathua district, where 58 eligible internees were inoculated.
Srinagar central jail saw 38 inmates being vaccinated against the dreaded infection on April 16 and another group of 16 inmates received a jab in district jail Rajouri on April 19, Singh told PTI.
A total of 201 Rohingyas including 74 women and 35 children are presently lodged in the holding centre after they were found living illegally in Jammu city during a special verification drive in March.