The Namibian Correctional Service on Monday launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with Commissioner General, Raphael Hamunyela, who received a Sinopharm vaccine, one of the first to receive an injection. Speaking at the launch, he insisted that offenders are not mandated to take the vaccination, therefore, the decision to take the vaccination is voluntary for them, just like any other Namibian citizen, saying “what matters is that we brought the vaccine to our offenders and it is their own right and decision to take the jab”. There are currently 4 152 male offenders and 138 female offenders in correctional facilities countrywide.