The South African government’s announcement that convicted and awaiting trial prisoners who have comorbidities and are older than 60 will be among the first inmates to receive their vaccine, and will be inoculated ahead of citizens who do not have comorbidities and who are younger than 60 is sparking controversy with some questioning the reasoning. Times Live quotes Lawyers for Human Rights penal expert Clare Ballard as saying that when it came to health, prisoners were extremely vulnerable, particularly in relation to airborne and infectious diseases, and dismissing the criticism, said the inoculation of prisoners was not a novel idea.