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.
Local leaders in Gulu are facing an uphill task
rallying essential workers towards the uptake of the ongoing vaccination
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
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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.
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.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.