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Turkey begins vaccinating inmates against coronavirus

The number of people vaccinated in Turkey now exceeds 6.3 million, of which around one million have already received two vaccine doses.

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

In a statement, the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centres (CTE) reported that in order to protect as much as possible the health of detainees and convicts, as well as that of the personnel working in these centres, the vaccination process has begun following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Council.

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

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