Thailand’s justice minister has kicked off coronavirus vaccinations at Pattaya Remand Prison.
Somsak Thepsutin chaired the June 5 vaccination ceremony at the Nong Plalai jail which could, like prisons nationwide, become a breeding ground for Covid-19.
Since April 1, 28,404 coronavirus cases have been reported in prisons, nearly half of which are still active. Fourteen inmates have died. Another 604 cases were reported on Sunday.
However, so far, Pattaya Remand Prison officials say they have had no cases.
The prison was only allocated 480 vaccine doses, which were given to correctional officers and staff, elderly or chronically ill inmates and convicts on good behavior allowed to work as volunteers.
Somsak applauded prison officials for their control of the virus, noting they are an exception in a nationwide crisis.