Arthur Road jail began its own vaccination drive for its inmates on Tuesday. This comes after the jail authorities repeatedly asked the BMC to inoculate the inmates.
In two days, 659 inmates between the age group of 30 and 44 years were vaccinated. As many as 16 inmates above 45 years of age received both their doses, said a source.
On June 1, after an independent vaccination centre was opened at Arthur Road jail, a total of 411 inmates above 45 years of age were vaccinated.
However, the centre was shut due to lack of vaccines. Since then, the jail superintendent has been writing to the BMC to restart the vaccination drive.
On Tuesday, 329 inmates were vaccinated, while 330 inmates were vaccinated on Wednesday, which included those housed in the high security prison.
“Arthur road jail has around 1,400 inmates in the age group of 30 to 44 years. After the vaccination of 659 inmates, more than 700 are yet to be vaccinated,” said an official.
Till Sunday, 10,712 inmates were vaccinated across the 47 prisons in the state which houses 33,405 inmates.