Entertainment Places, Health Ministry Step Up Covid 19 Vaccination

Under the initiative, UBL and other private sector players will support the scaling up of COVID-19 mobile sites in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area by sensitizing and mobilising the public to go and get vaccinated against COVID-19.
24 Sep 2021 15:54
The vaccination point at Kyadondo Rugby grounds

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Kampala bar owners under their umbrella, Legit Bar, Entertainment and restaurant owners association have entered a partnership with Uganda Breweries limited and the Ministry of Health to speed up COVID-19 vaccination.

The drive is meant to increase the number of vaccination points in the Kampala Metropolitan Area for more people to get access to the available vaccines.

Under the initiative, UBL, entertainment places will support the scaling up of COVID-19 mobile sites in Kampala by sensitizing and mobilizing the public to go and get vaccinated against COVID-19.

So far vaccination points have been set up at Kyandondo Rugby Grounds and Samitto bar and Lounge in Naalya. On Friday more than 100 people especially waiters and waitresses from different bars turned up to receive their first and second doses. 

Jacob Bugembe Yasin, a former bartender at a bar in Bukoto is among those who received their first AstraZeneca dose at Kyadondo Rugby grounds. Bugembe asked other waiters and waitresses to turn up for the vaccination.

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Timothy Halango, the proprietor of Samitto bar and lounge says that under their umbrella association, they chose to start with only two vaccination points, but intend to roll out the program to other entertainment places in the next weeks.

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Jackie Tahakanizibwa, the Uganda Breweries Limited Corporate Relations Manager, says that the campaign will go on until next month. She adds that more bars and hospitality centres will be brought on board beginning on Saturday.

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Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health Spokesperson, says the ministry will use readily accessible and available places in the city to ensure people are vaccinated irrespective of the location.  

On Wednesday, President Museveni said that Bars and other entertainment places would remain closed until a targeted number of people have been vaccinated.