Ministry of Health (MOH) has informed that nationwide vaccination against Covid-19 is set to resume next week on 28th June.
However, the vaccination process shall be available to only the 700,000 people receiving the second jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine as informed by the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunisation (UNEPI), Dr. Alfred Driwale.
According to Mr. Driwale, only those that received the Covid-19 vaccine 12 weeks ago shall be vaccinated for a second time and he emphasized that whoever has not reached the 12 week mark shall not be vaccinated.
“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,” emphasized Dr. Driwale.
Due to insufficient doses of the vaccines, unlike people that received the second vaccine after 8 weeks late last month or earlier this week the second vaccine shall be given to people with the 12 week mark and health workers shall be prioritized.
“We shall not be able to give everyone vaccines and that is why we are going to be selective. Last time, the vaccines were administered early at 8 weeks because we didn’t want the vaccines to go to waste,” added Dr. Driwale.
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.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the senior public relations officer at MOH informed that the vaccination process in Kampala shall be handled by both the Kampala Capital City Authority and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces as he said;
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“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.”
The 175,200 vaccines to be used were donated to Uganda by France through the COVAX facility. Dr. Driwale went on to inform that over 600,000 vaccines are expected to be received in between July and August.