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Hundreds Flock Soroti Hospital for COVID-19 Vaccination

Francis Elianu, the headteacher of Alem primary school in Kaberamaido district is one of the people who travelled to Soroti for COVID-19 vaccination. He says that he is the first person to get the jab from his school.
Woman takes COVID-19 Jab in Kaberamaido Hospital.

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Hundreds of people across Teso and the neighbouring districts are flocking Soroti Regional Referral Hospital to take their first COVID-19 jab. Since the government launched the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in March this year, Soroti RRH has been receiving an average of about 20 people per day turning up for vaccination.   But after seeing the letter of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health inviting stakeholders for an emergency national COVID-19 taskforce meeting circulating on social media on Wednesday, some of the people who had not taken the jab were thrown into panic.

The panic mood was orchestrated by comments from some of the social media users who insinuated that only persons with COVID-19 Vaccination certificates would be allowed to move or conduct any business because of the new wave of the virus in the country.

On Thursday, more than 150 people lined up for the vaccination at Soroti RRH. The number almost doubled on Friday when people, some from the neighbouring districts of Lango, Acholi, Karamoja and Bugisu turned up for the vaccine.

Francis Elianu, the headteacher of Alem primary school in Kaberamaido district is one of the people who travelled to Soroti for COVID-19 vaccination. He says that he is the first person to get the jab from his school. Elianu explains that he didn’t want to be caught off guard in case the government took a drastic decision on civil servants who have not been vaccinated.

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Dr. Wilson Etolu, the COVID-19 focal point person at Soroti RRH says that the unit was overwhelmed with high numbers of people seeking vaccination in only two days. He, however, notes that all the positive cases in Soroti comprise people who never took COVID-19 jab.

“We have even some students suspected with COVID-19 and we are waiting for results. We have also resolved some guidelines to be implemented in all the schools in the region. I want to urge all people to take extra care”, he said.  On Thursday, Soroti RRH had 22 new cases of COVID-19 according to daily reports from the Ministry of Health.  

St. Mary’s Secondary School is one of the learning institutions where the disease outbreak is suspected. One of the students of senior one is suspected to have succumbed to the virus.  Soroti RRH has a bed capacity of 350 including a tent provided by the ministry.