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COVID-19: Over 2,300 People Vaccinated At Entebbe Hospital

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Dr. John Kalyesubula, the medical officer at Entebbe Municipal Council, says that 2,333 people have so far been vaccinated. “The figure could go higher if vaccination is opened to the rest of the public,” Kalyesubula said. The hospital received 3,100 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which means that they have used 75.2 per cent of the doses delivered.
Rosa Malango, the UN Resident Coordinator, receives the jab. Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health looks on from behind. UN Photo - Copy

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More than 2,300 people have so far received their first COVID-19 jab at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital. They include the elderly, health workers, teachers, security officers, staff from UN and government bodies such as Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre- UWEC and National Medical Stores-NMS.

Dr. John Kalyesubula, the medical officer at Entebbe Municipal Council, says that 2,333 people have so far been vaccinated. “The figure could go higher if vaccination is opened to the rest of the public,” Kalyesubula said. The hospital received 3,100 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which means that they have used 75.2 per cent of the doses delivered.

The hospital has registered a higher turn up compared to the national record. According to the Health Ministry by April 15, 220,893 people nationwide had been vaccinated across the country.  Uganda received 964,000 doses. Unlike at some of the vaccination centers across the country where people hardly turn up for vaccination, at Entebbe hospital, at least ten people queue up every hour to receive the jab. The exercise takes place from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays.

On Friday, April 16, the exercise ended after 6 pm because the hospital vaccinated 242 people, the highest number in a single day.  Most of these were UWEC employees. During the launch of the exercise on March 10, the hospital received 200 doses. Within a week, it got additional 440 doses from the Wakiso district.   These doses were exhausted by end of March. In the last two weeks, the hospital received additional 2,360 doses in three batches. At the moment, less than 770 doses are left, which could be exhausted by end of next week because the hospital has been vaccinating an average of 100 people daily and 600 every week.

Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, says that she impressed with the high turn up at the hospital. She says the hospital will receive more doses if there is more demand after exhausting the current stock.  

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She however says military, police and prison officers should get vaccinated at the centers designated by their institutions.  This stems from complaints by some police officers attached to Entebbe Central Police Station who were turned away from the hospital last week.

On Monday, five police officers with underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypertension were vaccinated at the hospital. On Tuesday, more than ten police officers without any underlying conditions turned up at the hospital for vaccination but were turned away and referred to Kibuli Police Medical Center where they are supposed to get their vaccination.

Atwine concurs with the decision of the health workers to turn away the police officers.  

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Andrew Byansi, the outgoing Kiwafu East and Kiwafu West Councilor in Entebbe Municipal Councilor is one of those who took the COVID-19 jab.  Byansi says that he got the jab after seeing President Yoweri Museveni and other leaders like Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, the Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda Luswata and the Archbishop of the church of Uganda, Dr. Samuel Steven Kazimba Mugalu among others get vaccinated  

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He also says the public, especially travellers, will take part in the exercise because the COVID-19 vaccination certificate could be as vital as the yellow fever card.