Although majority of inmates have vaccinated against COVID-19, those based at Juvenile Training Centre, who are eligible for Pfizer vaccine have not vaccinated yet.
According to Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) Public Relations Officer, Senior Cadet Officer Pheko Ntobane, this is because the service and the Ministry of Health are currently making arrangements to ensure that such inmates are vaccinated.
He added that since the vaccine requires parental consent, they are still informing parents about this matter, saying majority of parents permitted their children to vaccine.
He further clarified that LCS does not force inmates to vaccinate but educate them about the importance of vaccinating against COVID-19 and encourage them to do so.
Speaking in an interview with the Agency, Crime Prevention, Rehabilitation and Re-Integration of Ex-Offenders Association (CRROA) President, Mr. Nkalimeng Mothobi urged the Ministry of Health and LCS to ensure that inmates who did not receive Pfizer vaccine are vaccinated so that they could not be hospitalized or die of COVID-19.
He indicated that inmates do not get an opportunity to go to health facilities and vaccinate like other people since they are in prison, urging relevant stakeholders to ensure that they are vaccinated as soon as possible.
However he commended LCS for vaccinating 90 percent of inmates countrywide.
Reports from National COVID-19 Secretariat indicate that at least 48,948 people have vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine and only 16,952 doses of this vaccine are left.