Nationwide COVID-19 vaccination is scheduled to resume next week on June 28th, according to the Ministry of Health.
During this round of vaccination, only people receiving their second jab will be vaccinated. To date, that number stands at over 700,000 people.
The programme manager of Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization, Dr. Alfred Driwale says only people who received their first jab 12 weeks ago will get the vaccine.
“Only persons who have made three months or 12 weeks in this case will be vaccinated. We shall not give the vaccine to anyone who has not reached the 12 week mark,” said Dr. Driwale.
Priority will be given to health workers getting their second jab. The first group of people who received their second dose late last month and early this week got the jab after eight weeks. Driwale says this time round this will not be possible because the country only has few doses.
So far, only 69 districts have received vaccines. Dr. Driwale says they hope that in the next few days, all districts would have received the vaccines. Each district will receive vaccines equal to the number of persons that need their second jabs.
“The COVID-19 vaccination exercise resumes on Monday in Kampala and countrywide. In Kampala it will be conducted by KCCA and UPDF health workers. Each division will have 8 vaccination centres within a walking distance to avoid congestion at vaccination points,” he said.
During this phase of vaccination, a total of 175,200 vaccines will be used. The vaccines were a donation from France through the COVAX facility.
According to Driwale, the country is expecting to receive two other consignments of AstraZeneca in July and August. Over 600,000 vaccines are expected.Add your comments: Download Our News App Here