The process of administering the third COVID vaccine dose to prison inmates commenced today.
Accordingly, the Pfizer vaccine will be administered as the third dose or booster dose, to 18,453 inmates in prisons across the island.
The Department of Prisons earlier administered the Sinopharm vaccine as the first and second dose to prison inmates, to protect against COVID-19.
The Prisons Department said the booster dose will be administered at the Colombo New Magazine Prison, Colombo Remand Prison, Welikada Prison, Watareka, Mahara and Negombo Prisons, under the first phase.
The Prisons Department further said the booster dose will be given to inmates at other prisons in future.