196,800 doses of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine procured by the Ugandan government have finally reached the country.
This is only the first batch of the single-shot vaccine out of the nine million doses which have been acquired by the Ugandan government for the country’s population. This batch was last night delivered into the country by Brussels Airlines at the Entebbe International Airport.
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine also informed that another batch of 1.2 million doses of the vaccine shall be delivered in the country by next month and she believes the procurement of more vaccines shall help more people get vaccinated.
Furthermore, Dr. Atwine informed that Uganda had received 5,690,363 doses of different vaccines like AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinovac, Pfizer and J&J since March.
Out of the doses that have been procured into the country, 2.2 million have already been administered, of which 1.7 million people among the 2.2 million have got their first jab while around 600,000 people have got two doses.
Unlike the other vaccines, Dr. Atwine says that Johnson and Johnson which requires only one shot may attract a higher turn up for vaccination throughout the country. Therefore, she says as a ministry, they will set up open vaccination sites in areas that are most likely to attract high numbers of people like religious centers and markets.