June 21, 2024

Ensuring no one is left behind, the City Health Services Office inoculated at least 65 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) at the city’s male and female jail dormitories for their first dose of vaccine against the Covid-19.
CHSO Medical Officer IV Dandeo Halog administered the vaccine to 61 male and four female PDLs who are senior citizens and with comorbidities on June 29 at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in the city.
“We followed the priority list of the Department of Health in administering the vaccination of our PDLs who are seniors and with comorbidities upon the request of our BJMP officials,” Halog said.
Jail Officer I Jasmine Domacyon, duty nurse at the BJMP Male Dorm, said six have been deferred for vaccination due to high blood pressure, among other reasons.
Domacyon said the male dormitory houses 305 PDLs and currently has no Covid-19 cases.
Jail Officer I Ann Boado, duty nurse at the BJMP Female Dormitory, said they also have Covid cases among the 75 total female PDLs.
Seventeen of the female PDLs have comorbidities but were on the wait list due to limited supply of vaccine.
Since the implementation of the community quarantine, the BJMP disallowed face-to-face visits but intensified its e-dalaw or online visit scheme by integrating webinars and online therapy sessions. The e-dalaw program started in 2012. – Jessa Samidan