Vaccination update

Key numbers as at 20 June 2022

Number of current prisoners vaccinated
6,023 - first dose
5,611 - second dose
3,765 - booster
% Partially vaccinated
% Fully Vaccinated
% Received Booster
77.9% - last week 78.7%
72.6% - last week 73.5%
48.7% - last week 48.6%
Total prison population as at 20 June 2022
(Excludes prisoners accommodated at mental health facilities or other temporary locations.)
7,727

Our approach

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.

Since the launch of our vaccination programme in May 2021 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 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.

We have followed Ministry of Health guidance throughout the roll-out of our vaccination programme to people in prison.

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.

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.

Private providers were used to vaccinate staff on site at our prisons.

Detailed breakdown of vaccines delivered by site

The table below shows the total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered to 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. 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.

COVID-19 Vaccinations - Key Numbers – As at  20 June 2022
(Prisoner)
Prison
Dose One
Dose Two
Booster

Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility

169

154

99

Auckland South Corrections Facility

647

613

411

Auckland Prison

421

387

294

Mt Eden Corrections Facility

682

612

321

Northland Region Corrections Facility

339

311

205

Waikeria Prison

358

343

271

Spring Hill Corrections Facility

541

491

257

Tongariro Prison

320

314

276

Whanganui Prison

308

291

198

Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison

363

330

189

Manawatu Prison

163

151

95

Arohata Prison

79

75

54

Rimutaka Prison

450

430

330

Invercargill Prison

101

101

83

Otago Corrections Facility

252

242

172

Christchurch Men's Prison

529

473

246

Christchurch Women's Prison

61

55

42

Rolleston Prison

240

238

222

Total

6,023

5,611

3,765