Teachers in Kitgum opposed to the vaccination against covid-19 are
buying vaccination cards without receiving the jab.
The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech and COVID
19 Taskforce chairperson says that they have received information about
teachers dodging vaccines and opting for fake documents.
Recently the government issued mandatory vaccination against
COVID-19 for all teachers and non-teaching staff as one of the measures to
expedite the reopening of schools.
Komakech says the claims come amidst reports of a low vaccine
uptake amidst teachers in the district which currently stands below 60 percent
despite mass mobilization and availability of the vaccines.
//Cue in: “now vaccination
Cue out: …quite vulnerable”//
According to Komakech, the fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates
are being sold by unscrupulous health workers at 30,000 to
50,000 Shillings each.
Fred Owot, the Kitgum District Education Officer decried the
allegations and also warned teachers against purchasing fake COVID-19
//Cue in “amito bene…..
Cue out: …ki planning”//
Kitgum Municipal Principal Education Officer Harriet Okot Atim says
that teachers who refuse to receive the jab will be denied access to classes
when schools reopen.
//Cue in: “mukwongo amiti…..
Cue out: …in the community”//
Some of the teachers who are hesitant to receive the covid-19 jab say
that they are concerned about the misinformation of the vaccine.
The Kitgum Acting District Health Officer Dr Henry Okello Otto says
that he is not aware of fake vaccination cards are being sold to teachers. Okello says that he will investigate the claims
and subsequently take action.
//Cue in: “As a country…..
Cue out: ….these cards”//
By Monday 432 teachers and 129 non-teaching staff in Kitgum
municipality have so far been vaccinated while 507 teachers and non-teaching
staff were already vaccinated in Kitgum district against the targeted 1,189
teachers in the entire district.
On Tuesday, the State House Health Monitoring Unit arrested three
people accused of selling forged Covid-19 vaccination cards in Kampala.
Dr Warren Namara, the Director of the Unit said they received
information that some people were selling fake vaccination cards each at