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Moroto District Targets to Vaccinate 60% Against COVID-19 by January

With an additional 6, 000 dozes delivered to the district this week, Dr Lokaale says the District COVID-19 Taskforce has set a target to have at least 60 per cent of the population vaccinated by January 2022.

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Health authorities in Moroto district have set a target to vaccinate at least 60 per cent of the area population against the COVID-19 virus by January 2022. Authorities estimate that there are some 118, 500 persons legible for vaccination in Moroto.

According to the District Health Officer Dr Hans Lokaale, the health sector has managed to vaccinate about 17, 800 persons representing 15 per cent of the total population including frontline workers. With an additional 6, 000 dozes delivered to the district this week, Dr Lokaale says the District COVID-19 Taskforce has set a target to have at least 60 per cent of the population vaccinated by January 2022.

Currently, the task force is rallying the community to go for vaccination using radio and open campaign messages. There are 2000 dozes of Moderna, 3200 of AstraZeneca and about 800 dozes of Sinovac vaccines available for use in the Moroto district alone.

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According to Dr Lokaale, Moroto district already vaccinated over 75 per cent of the front-line workers including the health workers, teachers and security personnel. But according to the Moroto District Education Officer, at least 60 per cent of the teachers in the district have received either the first or all two dozes in preparation for school opening in January.

This week, the Moroto district is conducting vaccination exercises at the open grounds at the Public Gardens in a move to encourage the whole population to get a jab. Jolly Achieng, a resident of Kakoliye in Moroto Municipality says she wanted to receive the vaccine in order to be able to take her child to Primary one when schools reopen.

Moroto district was among the border districts that were hit hard by the spread of coronavirus during the first and second waves. But currently, it has zero admissions and less than 12 persons under home-based care according to a report presented to the task force on Tuesday. There are at least three deaths recorded since the outbreak in March 2020.

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