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Gov't Targets 50,000 in Covid-19 Vaccination Exercise

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.
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The government is targeting to vaccinate more than 50,000 people in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise.


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.

Records from the Ministry of Health shows that 23,739 persons are expected to receive their second dose while another 440,051 health workers and teachers are yet to receive their first dose. With only 286,000 available vaccines at the money, the health ministry says vaccination will be on a first come first serve basis for all the targeted groups.


Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the senior public relations officer at the ministry says persons only persons who have made 12 weeks since they received their first jab should go for the second one.


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Uganda Radio Network visited some vaccination sites on the first and second day of the resumption of the exercise and found many persons waiting to receive the jabs.


Within Kampala, there are over 32 designated vaccination sites. At many of the sites, people in search of the vaccines were gathered as early as 7:00 am. However, vaccination at most places begun late, after the designated time of 9:00 is, which irked some people. 


At Kiswa Health Center III, the people who had converged at the centre stormed the vaccination hall at 10:00 am to find out why vaccination had not yet begun.

Rolex Onzima, a resident of Mbuya who has been at the centre twice says there seems to be a lot of foul play. He says the process of getting vaccinated at Kiswa is not as clear as it should be.

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According to the Kampala Capital City Authority, health centres under the authority have reported an increase in people seeking the vaccine.

Daniel NuweAbine, the KCCA spokesperson says the authority is vaccinating as many as 3,000 people daily.


"Please let us make sure that we go to the right place. There are designated places, let us go to those instead of congesting some centres. Daily we have planned to vaccinate as many as 3,000 people within Kampala," he said.


As of 11 August 2021, a total of 1.1 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines had been administered. Of these, 250,664 persons have been fully vaccinated.

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