Jail Caloocan city jail Warden Supt. Neil Subibi (left) personally supervises the inoculation of PDLs inside the jail premises. Photo by EDD REYES

Caloocan starts COVID jabs for PDLs at city jail

July 8, 2021 Edd Reyes 1333 views

IN line with the local government’s project “No Vaccine, No Dalaw” the Caloocan City government started its three-day mass vaccination program at the Caloocan City Jail (CCJ) on Thursday, targeting to inoculate around 1,800 persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

City Jail Warden Supt. Neil Subibi said around 600 PDLs received their first dose of Gamaleya’s Sputnik V vaccine provided by the city government through the effort of Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan.

Supt. Subibi expressed confidence that the inoculation of around 1,800 PDLs, will be inoculated until Saturday, the last day of vaccination inside the jail premises.

Currently, the CCJ had a total jail population of 1,933 but since elders and with comorbidities had been fully vaccinated after they received their first dose on April and second dose on May, only 1,800 are scheduled to be vaccinated.

“This is the first mass vaccination of PDLs inside jail premises, not only at the National Capital Region (NCR) but maybe across the country,” Subibi said.

The city jail warden added that Mayor Oca believed that PDLs must get the shot of the Covid-19 vaccine since they are vulnerable from the deadly disease.

Aside from the doctors and nurses of the Caloocan City Health Office who administered the inoculation of PDLs, CCJ chief nurse SJO3 Roselyn Rivera and JO1 Charles Krishnar Napenas assisted in the screening and encoding of inmates before receiving their first shot.