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1,156 Teachers, Non-Teaching Staff Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in Bundibugyo

Schools and other educational institutions were first closed in March 2020 shortly before Uganda registered its first cases of COVID-19. Although they were re-opened in October 2020, the second wave of infections forced the government to close schools again in May 2021 and they have since remained closed.
John Byamukama the Bundibugyo DEO told URN that the district has vaccianted over 90% of its target teaching and non-teaching staff

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A total of 1,156 teaching and non-teaching staff in government educational institutions have received the COVID-19 Jab in Bundibugyo District. The District targets to vaccinate 1,240 teachers and non-teaching staff in government-aided learning institutions before the planned reopening of schools in January 2022.

Schools and other educational institutions were first closed in March 2020 shortly before Uganda registered its first cases of COVID-19. Although they were re-opened in October 2020, the second wave of infections forced the government to close schools again in May 2021 and they have since remained closed.

But President Yoweri Museveni recently announced that the institutions will open their doors in January, with a condition that all teachers and non-teaching staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The declaration was followed by a national rollout of the vaccination exercise, targeting both teaching and non-teaching staff.

Bundibugyo District Principal Education Officer John Byamukama says that the department has met its set target and still hopes to have more teachers vaccinated before the end of the year. He adds that all non-vaccinated teachers will not access learning institutions once schools re-open.

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The DEO says they are hoping that even the teachers who went back to their homes elsewhere in the district have managed to access the vaccine. He estimates that more than 1,000 private school teachers and non-teaching staff have also been vaccinated.

Byamukama however decried the high numbers of teenage pregnancies which may see many young girls drop out of school. He adds that a number of boys have also taken on petty business like hawking and food vending which has exposed them to the love of money and will most likely affect their interest in returning to school.

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Deo Kahwa, the Deputy Headmaster at Bundikahungu Primary School in Nyahuka Town Council says all the eight teaching staff and five non-teaching staff have fully been vaccinated. He says the school is ready to re-open.

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