George Butele Ayiba, the Nwoya District Education Officer says of the 574 teachers, less than half of them have been vaccinated and the majority of them are yet to receive their first jab because of a lack of will to embrace the exercise.
Leaders in Nwoya District are concerned over the slow progress of covid-19
vaccination against teachers in the district.
The Ministry of Health has prioritized the vaccination of students, elderly
persons, teachers, health workers and security personnel in the country as a pre-condition
for reopening education institutions and lifting other lockdown restrictions.
The leaders say for fear of expiring and returning the vaccines to
the Ministry due to under utilization, many concerned residents who are not
under the priority category have benefited from the vaccine.
One of the teachers who preferred anonymity says that he is still sceptical
to receive the COVID-19 jab because of the alleged health complications like
blood clotting and loss of manhood.
George Butele Ayiba, the Nwoya District Education Officer says of
the 574 teachers, less than half of them have been vaccinated and the majority
of them are yet to receive their first jab because of a lack of will to embrace
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The LCV Chairperson, Emmanuel Ocan, pointed out that several of the teachers
who don’t hail from Nwoya are not in the district because of the continued
closure of schools due to the lockdown restrictions.
Ocan disclosed that authorities through the District Task Force
through the sub-committee of mobilization and risk communication are conducting
more sensitization to mobilize all the essential workers to receive the vaccination.
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The District Health Officer Dr Jane Oola says all the 256 health
workers have already been vaccinated. Nwoya received 1,000 doses of COVID-19
vaccine in July from the Ministry but the supplies have already been exhausted.
Dr Joyce Moriko Kaducu, the State Minister for Primary Education rallied the
essential workers to get vaccinated. She says that even if a vaccinated person
contracts the virus, the progression to severity is minimized.
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Uganda resumed nationwide mass vaccinations against COVID-19 after
running out of doses in June. But even with less vaccine hesitancy, essential
workers say the rate of vaccination is too slow.
Authorities in the Ministry of Education have warned that teachers
who are not fully vaccinated against the pandemic will be denied access to
schools and classes when Government lifts restrictions.
The latest statistics from the Ministry of Health 209,336 teachers
have been vaccinated once and 74,310 have fully vaccinated.