With over 500,000 people already fully vaccinated in the country, as many as 7,138,920 million Ugandans could be fully vaccinated by the end of 2021.Vaccinating this number of people could lead to the full lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown where bars, discotheques, schools, theaters and music shows still remain closed according to the President
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Photo by Olive Nakatudde
The government is planning to have fully vaccinated atleast seven million Ugandans by the end of the year, according to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The projections that were read by the President during a national COVID-19 address on Wednesday night indicated that from yesterday to the end of November, the country will receive a total of 9,684,760 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
From these, 3.2 million (1.2 million J&J and 2 mn Sinopharm) vaccines have been procured directly by the government of Uganda through the African Union and COVAX.
The remaining 6,484,760 million vaccines are donations from France(501,000 doses of AstraZeneca), Belgium(344,000 doses of AstraZeneca) ,China (700,000 doses of Sinovac) and the U.S (3,488,940 doses of Pfizer)scheduled for delivery in September.
The other donated vaccines totaling up to 1,450,000 million doses are expected to be delivered in mid October and at the end of November. The vaccines are being give to Uganda by COVAX(1mn doses of AstraZeneca), Ireland(350,000 doses of AstraZeneca) and Belgium(100,000 doses of J&J).
These vaccines added to recent Pfizer(1,647,000 vaccines) and the 647,000 Moderna vaccine donations already in stock would be able to vaccinate as many as 6,638,920 people fully.
With over 500,000 people already fully vaccinated in the country, as many as 7,138,920 million Ugandans could be fully vaccinated by the end of 2021.
Vaccinating this number of people could lead to the full lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown where bars, discotheques, schools, theaters and music shows still remain closed.
President Museveni says once 4.8 million Ugandans are fully vaccinated, he would open bars and beaches.
" Concerts, disco halls, performing artists and beaches. These tend to congregate large numbers and are difficult to control. With the level of vaccination still low, I direct that these remain closed.Bars are a high risk area where individuals have no sobriety to observe the SOPs. They will be considered for re-opening when the 4.8 million priority population is vaccinated," said the president.
With a target vaccination population of 22 million, it remains unclear when the remaining 14,861,080 million Uganda will be fully vaccinated.