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Slow COVID-19 Vaccination Among Teachers Irk Nwoya Leaders

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.
27 Aug 2021 12:52

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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 the exercise.

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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. 

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