COVID-19 vaccination exercise starts today Wednesday 10th March 2021 at Mulago Specialized Women’s and Neonatal hospital.
Health minister Dr Ruth Aceng said the vaccination of health workers of Mulago and Entebbe Regional Referral Hospitals will commence immediately after the launch. The launch activity is scheduled to begin at 10.00 am and end at 12.00 pm.
She said to ensure all eligible people are reached and that those reached complete the recommended doses of the vaccine within the recommended period, the Covid-19 vaccination exercise will be preceded by registration of target priority populations, and the information is uploaded into an electronic database.
Other priority groups to receive vaccines include teachers, security personnel, adults aged 50 years and above, persons with underlying health conditions aged below 5o years.
Others are essential groups including airlines, media, prisoners, tour operators and guides, bankers, immigration officers, Uganda wildlife authority, Uganda revenue authority, and humanitarian workers, among others.
Uganda has so far received 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the WHO COVAX facility and another 100,000 doses from the government of India, as a donation.
The 100,000 doses were received by the Ministry over the weekend. This brings the total to 964,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.
While receiving the vaccines, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said that the vaccination will start at Mulago hospital .
In the first phase, the ministry targets to immunize 150,000 health workers, 250,000 security personnel, 550,000 teachers and other social service providers, 3,348,500 persons aged 50 and above, and 500,000 persons with underlying health conditions.
According to the Ministry, Uganda is expecting to receive additional 2,688,000 doses by June 2021 in a fight against Covid-19 pandemic. These doses are part of the 3.5 million doses being donated by the WHO COVAX facility to the country. The 864,000 doses have already been delivered.
Though the vaccination starts at Mulago hospital, the ministry early last week revealed that government health centers including HC III, IVs, district hospitals, regional referrals, national referrals, and specialized institutions have been designated as vaccination service points in each district and city.
Those eligible for vaccination will be required to present a national identification card and, in its absence, present a letter from the Local Council one chairperson. Each eligible person will get two doses of the vaccine, given eight weeks apart.