The district had targeted to vaccinate 1,829 teachers out of which, 1,189 are in the district and 640 in the Municipality. Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech, however, says by Thursday last week, only 427 teachers out of the targeted 1,829 had received their first and second jab.
According to officials from the health ministry, vaccinating teenagers or children aged 12 to 15 will be a waste of vaccines since children are not as susceptible to COVID-19 infections as adults are. They say the Pfizer vaccines will be set aside for persons in the high risk groups that will not be vaccinated
The call comes following the arrival of 647,080 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at time when many Ugandans who received the first jab are waiting to receive their second jab. Preliminary records from the health ministry show that over 150,000 people are due for their second dose
Boniface Osodi, the president of the Federation of Uganda Medical Students Association (FUMSA) told URN on Tuesday that he has received six letters from students since Friday calling for the reversal of the directive compelling them to take the COVID-19 jab before accessing training.
According to the health ministry, the exercise that started on Tuesday is targeting persons receiving their second doses and also high-risk persons like health workers, teachers and security personnel who did not receive the first dose.
According to Driwale, the vaccination certificate will be country's official COVID-19 vaccination document. "We have all the records of all persons that have been vaccinated in our data base. The verified certificate that we shall be issuing will have security features that will stop people from forging it, “he said.
This represents only 232,743 of the targeted 22 million people, according to the Ministry of Health figures. Records also show that a total of 906,517 persons who got the first jab are yet to receive their second one, as recommended by the World Health Organisation-WHO.
According to experts, poor funding and the placing of vaccine orders late has left Uganda in a fix where it might not be able to procure vaccines to vaccinate the critical number of citizens for the whole nation to be safe. They say at the moment Uganda can only vaccinate a few of it's people using donated vaccines rather than procured ones
The consignment is part of a 3.5 million vaccine donation from the COVAX facility. Initially, the country was expecting to get 2.3 million vaccines in May following 964,000 vaccine sent in March but due to the exportation ban on vaccines from India, the country will receive less than what was expected.