For Immediate Use
19 July 2021
Launch of vaccination programme for Correctional Services Officials and Inmates
The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola MP and the Acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi MP, will officially launch the Correctional Services Vaccination Rollout Programme, on Tuesday 20 July 2021, at the Johannesburg Management Area.
Vaccination for the majority of Correctional Services officials commenced on the 15th of July 2021. Correctional Services officials are being vaccinated in public and private vaccination sites
across the country. The vaccination of inmates will commence on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, at the 90 approved vaccination sites in Correctional Centres across the country.
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has prioritized vaccination of both officials and inmates to ensure their protection and that of the general public. Outbreaks of COVID-19 in
Correctional Centres have a potential to spread to communities, hence the need to vaccinate both inmates and official.
Inmates also get vaccinated in line with the Nelson Mandela Rules, which clearly stipulate that inmates should enjoy the same standards of healthcare available in the community. There is a high risk of inmates being exposed to COVID-19, due to the limitations of physical distancing in Correctional facilities.
DCS remains committed to create a safer working environment for all its officials and the vaccination programme will contribute towards that.
Both officials and inmates, are encouraged to get vaccinated. Awareness campaigns continue to be implemented within DCS to demystify some of the myths around vaccines. Minister Lamola will also get vaccinated during the launch.
Details of the Launch of the Vaccination Rollout Programme are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Venue: Johannesburg Management Area, Medium C
083 290 9959
NB: All media houses must send confirmations no later than, 19 July 2021 at 16h00. Only those who confirm will be allowed access to the centre. COVID-19 regulations will be strictly enforced.
Chrispin Phiri: Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
Cell: 081 781 2261
Issued by the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services