More than 5,000 inmates were provided with their first COVID-19 vaccine doses in Binh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on Tuesday.
Vo Van Hanh, deputy director of the provincial Center for Disease Control (CDC), confirmed that the agency had coordinated with the supervisory board of Thu Duc (Z30D) Prison in Ham Tan District to carry out the inoculation drive.
A total of ten vaccination sites were established across the detention facility.
All health workers, prisoners, as well as detention and police officers had to comply with COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
The inmates had their health checked and monitored carefully before and after the vaccination in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s regulations.
Medicine and emergency equipment were also prepared to handle cases of serious postvaccinal reactions.
The Binh Thuan CDC is also planning to vaccinate over 1,000 inmates at the Huy Khiem detention center in Tanh Linh District in the near future, Hanh stated.
Detainees at Z30D will be administered their second doses as the recommended interval ends, the official added.
Binh Thuan Province has recorded more than 5,600 local COVID-19 infections since the fourth outbreak hit Vietnam on April 27.
As of Tuesday, local health authorities had given nearly 760,000 vaccine doses, with over 96,700 people fully inoculated, according to the provincial Department of Health.
More than 75 percent of Binh Thuan’s adult population have received at least one shot while 11 percent have been jabbed twice.