Key numbers as at 11 October 2021
Number of staff vaccinated*
5,118 – first dose
4,170 – second dose
Total number of prison-based staff
Number of current prisoners vaccinated
5,225 – first dose
3,501 – second dose
Total cumulative number of prisoners vaccinated (including people who are no longer in custody
6,438 – first dose
3,844 – second dose
Number of prisoners released from custody who have been vaccinated
1,213 – first dose
343 – second dose
Total on-site prison population as at 11 October 2021
(Excludes prisoners accommodated at mental health facilities or other temporary locations)
Corrections knows that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best thing that we can all do to keep ourselves, the people we manage, our team and our wider community safe from COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring that all of our staff and people in prison have access to the COVID-19 vaccination on an ongoing basis and we are strongly and actively encouraging everyone to take up the opportunity to be vaccinated.
Since the launch of our vaccination programme in May we have taken a proactive approach to strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We have a dedicated national team overseeing our vaccination programme, and custodial and health COVID-19 vaccination leads at each prison. Comprehensive communications have been enacted throughout, which includes but is not limited to provision of information about vaccine safety and effectiveness via a dedicated page on our internal website (for staff), information and engaging material on prisoner kiosks, Prisoner TV, forums and conversations with health staff, posters, pamphlets and other materials, including in a range of languages.
We continue to explore different means of reaching our staff and people in prison to strongly encourage them to be vaccinated. This includes local and national initiatives and shared insights across our prisons to boost uptake of the vaccine. Initiatives include promoting word of mouth discussions with influential leaders in our prisons, culturally targeted educational forums, and a drive-through vaccination clinic at Rimutaka Prison that took place recently.
We have followed Ministry of Health guidance throughout the roll-out of our vaccination programme to staff and people in prison. Prison-based staff across New Zealand are included in Group 2 of the vaccination roll-out. People in prison at Auckland South Corrections Facility and Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility are also in Group 2 due to their location in the high-risk area of Counties Manukau. Prisoners at all other sites are in Group 3 of the vaccination roll-out.
Our own Corrections Health Services teams at prisons have been administering COVID-19 vaccines to people in prison as part of their role as frontline health workers. Prisons have developed robust site vaccination plans which involve appropriate levels of oversight from custodial staff during the vaccination process. Private providers were used to vaccinate staff on site at prisons initially, and since the commencement of the current Delta outbreak, prison-based staff are now able to be vaccinated by our Health Services staff onsite at any prison. For those staff who have previously declined the vaccine, we continue to engage, provide information and actively encourage them to take up the opportunity now.
On June 11 Corrections was advised that a decision had been made by the Ministry of Health to slow the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to certain groups, including people in prison. This decision was made in order to manage stocks of the vaccine in the lead up to new vaccine deliveries. As a result, Corrections paused the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to prisoners at all sites from Monday 14 June. Our prisoner vaccination programme resumed in late July. Where prisoners have declined vaccinations previously, we continue to actively engage them and provide further information and opportunities to be vaccinated as a priority. All prison sites are also offering the vaccine to all prisoners newly received into prison, and if they decline at that point, we continue to provide additional opportunities for them to take up the opportunity to be vaccinated.
Detailed breakdown of vaccines delivered by site
The table below shows the total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered to Corrections staff and people currently at each prison, broken down by dose and prison site.
Please note that for people in prison, the site column reflects the prison where people are currently located, not necessarily the prison where they received their vaccine. The population of each prison changes daily due to arrests, releases, court decisions and transfers, and therefore we are not able to provide these numbers as a percentage of each site’s population.
*For staff, these numbers include only vaccinations of staff given at prison sites, and do not include any staff who have been vaccinated in the community by their DHB, as this information is not collected by Corrections. Some staff may have received one dose in the community, and one dose at a prison, and only the dose they received at a prison will be included in the table below. 83 people, including staff members and their whānau, were vaccinated at a drive through clinic at Rimutaka Prison, and they are not included in the numbers below.
Current Prisoner Population – Dose One
Current Prisoner Population – Dose Two
Number of staff who received their first dose at a prison site (excluding staff vaccinated in the community)
Number of staff who received their second dose at a prison site (excluding staff vaccinated in the community)
Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility
Mt Eden Corrections Facility
Northland Region Corrections Facility
Auckland South Corrections Facility
Spring Hill Corrections Facility
Hawke's Bay Regional Prison
Christchurch Men’s Prison
Christchurch Women’s Prison
Otago Corrections Facility