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First beneficiaries of COVID-19 vaccine listed: Cabinet

Older persons 50 years and above, people with underlying conditions, government frontline workers including health workers and security officers will be the first person to receive vaccination for COVID-19.

A cabinet decision of January 27, reveals that the government is targeting 3, 348,500 persons who are 50 years and above

This age group is considered vulnerable and at a higher risk of severe disease and death.

Government is also targeting 63,284 frontline health workers employed by the government

The other target groups are persons with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, chronic kidney disease, heart conditions, HIV, sickle cell disease, respiratory disease, and obesity, among others.

Lastly on the list are the social workers including security service providers will be prioritised for vaccination.

The government explained that the health and social workers are included so as to ensure continuity of health and other essential services and protect service delivery systems from disruption.

Last year Uganda submitted a vaccine request for nine million people at a cost of US$ 164m (about sh604.37bn).

Govt said they have fulfilled all the conditions for receiving the vaccines, and that they will be in the country between April and May this year. Uganda will receive the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, five vaccines are in use under emergency use listing pending WHO approval.

These include Moderna, Pfizer (USA), AstraZeneca (UK), Sputnik (Russia) and Sinovac (China).

There are also 10 additional vaccines in phase three clinical trials and 76 others are at different stages of trial in humans.

The government said it’s still discussing whether or not to allow the private sector that can afford to buy the vaccines, to partake in availing vaccines, especially for travelers and people not on the priority list.

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