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Slow Response To COVID-19 Vaccination Persists Among Gulu Frontline Workers

Statistics available from the District Health Department shows of the targeted 5,000 teachers to be vaccinated as one of the priority population group 1,668 have taken their first jab and only 714 have got their second jabs.
Woman reacts during Cvovid-19 vaccination in Gulu. Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Local leaders in Gulu are facing an uphill task rallying essential workers towards the uptake of the ongoing vaccination against COVID-19.

The Government prioritized the vaccination of teachers and learners aged 18 years and above alongside other security personnel, the elderly and now the general public as a key intervention to facilitate reopening of economy.

Statistics available from the District Health Department shows that of the targeted 5,000 teachers to be vaccinated as one of the priority population group,  1,668 have taken their first jab and only 714 have got their second jabs.

Among the 3,144 targeted healthcare givers, 1,807 had received the first jab, while 1,201 have gotten the second cycle of the vaccination between August to October this year.

The Secretary of Education, Health and Community Based Services, Ballingtone Olweny P’Ongwech says it is now a concern that majority of the teachers have not yet got even the first jab, and they have embarked on mobilization of the unvaccinated teachers to comply.

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Speaking to Uganda Radio Network (URN) during an interview on Wednesday, one of the teachers in Gulu City who preferred to be identified only as Mwaka, 34, argues that the coercive method the government is using to rallying citizens is instead deterrent. “It’s important to get vaccinated and Government should rather embark on sensitizing the teachers and other citizens to benefit from the vaccines rather than intimidating them with harsh directives tagged to job security," said Mwaka.

Phoebe Ayoo Obol, the Woman Councilor 5 Patiko and Owor Sub-Counties, who doubles as the District Speaker decried the stubbornness and rebellious attitudes of some of the elite class towards the COVID-19 vaccination call.

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Also, the District Task Force had targeted 49,274 elderly persons but only 797 and 431 of them received first and second jabs respectively. Again, of the 16,625 people with comorbidities targeted, only 35 and 28 had correspondingly received first and second jabs. 

In August, Gulu recently received 16,364 dozes of Astrazeneca, Sinvac and Mordena vaccines combined to be administered to 197,706 priority population groups. On the 2 November, they received another consignment of 25,814 dozes of vaccines.

Dr. Kenneth Canna, the Acting District Health Officer told URN that of the 25,814 new dozes, 23, 496 dozes (Sinovac, 2,506 dozes) and AstraZeneca (20,990 doses) that must be consumed before their expiration at the end of this month.

Overall, out of the 2.4 million doses administered by the Ministry of Health, only 584,066 Ugandans out of the country’s population of over 46 million are fully vaccinated, with 1.8 million receiving a single shot by October.

The Ministry’s plans to vaccinate about 22 million people above the age of 18 starting with 4.8 million people by the end of December in priority groups. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni warned that the Government would not fully open the economy 4.8 million people are vaccinated.

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