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Kitgum Receives 1,000 Covid-19 Vaccine Doses

William Komakech, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner,says the vaccines will be distributed to Kitgum General Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum to aid vaccination.
A vial containing AstraZeneca vaccine. Photo By Julius Ocungi
Kitgum District has received 1,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines from the Health Ministry.

The vaccines delivered in the district on Wednesday by National Medical Stores (NMS) are part of 286,080 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine the Ministry of Health received at the end of last month. The Government also received 300,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine donated by the Chinese government.

William Komakech, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, confirmed receiving the vaccine on Thursday at a weekly taskforce meeting in Kitgum Municipality.

Komakech says the vaccines will be distributed to Kitgum General Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital Kitgum to aid vaccination.

According to Komakech, only people who had already received the first covid-19 jab will be prioritized for the second dose that kicked off today.

“Priority will only be given to those who have received the first jab, hopefully, those who hadn’t received any jab will be considered when the government dispatch more vaccine,” Komakech told task force members.

According to health officials, a total of 400 doses have been dispatched to Kitgum General Hospital, while 320 have been given to medics at St Joseph Hospital Kitgum.

Dr Pamela Akot, the Medical Director of St Joseph Hospital Kitgum says that 483 people received their first jab at the facility adding that only three completed their second jab.

In Kitgum District, over 3,000 people have received the first jab of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine since the Health Ministry rolled out the covid-19 vaccination in March this year.

The Health Ministry statistics indicate that more than 1,155,265 doses of AstraZeneca have been administered.

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