Turkey begins vaccinating prisoners against coronavirus

The Ministry of Justice of Turkey announced yesterday that it has started vaccinate against coronavirus to the detainees and arrested inmates in penitentiary institutions in the country, according to Turkish media.

In a statement, the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers (CTE) reported that in order to protect the health of the detainees and convicts, as well as that of personal who works in these centers, has begun the vaccination process following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the Scientific Advisory Council on Coronavirus.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the statement indicates that minimized contacts both inside and outside Turkey’s 372 institutions and penal centers, adding that today there are 240 positive cases active in 55 of these centers, 35 of which have required admission to a hospital and two of these in units of intensive care.

On January 14, Turkey began its vaccination plan against the coronavirus after approving the use of the vaccine from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, beginning to vaccinate first of all the healthcare workers and those over 65. The latest data indicate that the number of vaccinated people in Turkey now exceeds 6.3 million, of which around one million have already received the two doses of the vaccine.

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