James Elima, the Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital says COVID -19 vaccination uptake in Acholi Sub –Region still remains at only 45 percent despite the test positivity rate which is 7.6 percent, slightly higher than the national average.
of Health is set to vaccinate 900,000 people against COVID -19 in Acholi Sub
–Region in one week during the ongoing accelerated mass vaccination campaign.
The countrywide accelerated COVID -19 mass vaccination campaign launched on
Thursday is to enable the government to hit its target of vaccinating 85
percent of the 22 million Ugandans aged 18 and above by the end of this year.
In the Acholi Sub –Region, the mass vaccination campaign was launched by Health
Minister Jane Ruth Acheng on Thursday at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital in
James Elima, the Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital says COVID -19
vaccination uptake in Acholi Sub –Region remains at only 45 percent
despite the test positivity rate which is 7.6 percent, slightly higher than the
According to Elima, the COVID -19 hotspots in Acholi Sub –Region include Gulu
City, Pader, Kitgum, and Nwoya Districts, something attributed to complacency
in following the Standard Operating Procedures.
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Elima also revealed that out of a total population of 144,000 persons above the
age of 50, only 8.4 percent have been vaccinated, something that calls for
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Douglas Peter Okello Okao, the Omoro LCV Chairperson says that they have
resolved to scale up mobilization of the community to embrace the vaccine and
that they will be moving with the vaccines to the burial grounds, marriage and
wedding ceremonies as well as market places, to enable them to meet the target
set by the government.
Jane Ruth Achieng, the Minister of Health said that Acholi Sub –Region is
second after the Busoga Sub –Region in low uptake of COVID -19 vaccination
despite its high mortality rate.
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that the low uptake of vaccines across the country is due to misinformation
being spread in the various social media platforms and that the Health Ministry
published a booklet that demystifies those myths.
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Deogratious Opiyo, a resident of Koch –Kweyo in Omoro district received his first
dose of the vaccine on Thursday from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital. Opiyo
revealed that he had been avoiding getting vaccinated following the negative
information about the vaccine.