Sheila Ndihukire, the Public Relations Officer at the National Medical Stores-NMS says there are no AstraZeneca vaccines.
All Covid-19 vaccination centres in Kampala have
run out of COVID-19 vaccines.
Uganda Radio Network visited some vaccination sites such as the Kampala
Capital City Clinic, Kiswa Health Center III, Bukoto Heath Center, Naguru General
Hospital and Kisenyi and found no queues of people waiting for vaccines.
Charles Lweno, a 30-year-old man found at the KCCA clinic says that he was told
to return on Tuesday to receive his second jab, but he is disappointed there
were no vaccines.
"There's very bad communication. I was here yesterday and we were told to
come back today. We came back and the nurses just looked at us for more than an
hour before telling us there were no vaccines," Lweno said.
According to the health ministry, a total of 15,000 doses out of the 286,000
donated vaccines were allocated to the 35 vaccination centres in Kampala.
Sheila Ndihukire, the Public Relations Officer at the National Medical Stores-NMS
says there are no AstraZeneca vaccines.
" At the moment we do not have any vaccines in our stores. We are
expecting to get more on Thursday so that we can distribute more vaccines next
week," she said.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the senior public relations officer at the ministry of
health says that people need to be patient because more vaccines are expected.
"Kampala does not have vaccines but we are expecting more to arrive any
time from now and we shall carry on with vaccination hopefully next week,"
NMS currently has a total of 300,000 Sinovac vaccines, which have been
earmarked for organized groups like people working in companies, teachers or associations.
Immaculate Ampaire, the deputy programme manager of the Uganda National
Expanded Programme on Immunization says it's only Kampala currently reporting
" So far our reports only show its Kampala that is out of vaccines in
other districts they still have. This does not mean that people should not go
to those districts to look for vaccines. We are expecting more vaccines and
Kampala will likely resume vaccination next week," she said.
According to Ampaire, the next vaccination exercise will focus on persons
getting their second jab and people in the priority groups that have not
received even one jab of the vaccine.
the health ministry shows that as of August 16 2021, only 163,346 teachers has
received one jab of the vaccine out of the targeted 550,000 targeted group.