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Government ready to start COVID-19 Vaccination exercise

All is set for Uganda to start immunization against Covid – 19 on Wednesday 10th March 2021 and all Ugandans will be required to produce a copy of their national Identification Cards if they are to be COVID 19 vaccinated.

While speaking to the media during a sensitization workshop in Kampala, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said those without national IDs will be required to have a next of kin to accompany them for vaccination. The government is targeting vaccinating 22 million Ugandans and this will be done in a phased manner.

Dr. Aceng says the identification is needed to help follow up on those who will have missed vaccination and also help on reminding people of their next vaccination.

“Please note that Identification is extremely important for purposes of follow up and a reminder to receive your next dose of the vaccine,” Aceng said before adding that;

“All health care workers, teachers among other essential service providers, security personnel, adults aged 50-years and above, persons with underlying health conditions aged below 50 years, other essential groups including Airlines, media, prisoners and tour operators and guides, immigration officers, bankers, Uganda wild life authority, revenue authority and others who will be identified will receive the vaccine.”

Covid – 19 vaccination has been targeted by critiques, with several websites and social media messages aimed at de-campaigning the exercise being meted out. The Ministry of Health is anticipating a low turn up in urban centers.

“It is going to impact our vaccination against COVID and that why we will spend more time in the registration process to ensure that people in the area are known and registered and we shall know who has missed,” says Dr. Driwale Alfred, the program manager, UNEPI.

Some Ugandans have wondered why the number people infected by covid 19 has gradually reduced following the January 14th presidential polls.

The AstraZenac vaccine will be administered via an injection in the upper left arm, intramuscularly.

Uganda already has in stock over 960,000 vaccine doses with more expected to be imported.

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