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Underperforming Districts in COVID-19 Vaccination to Forfeit Vaccines

According to the data from the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI), they are considering picking 91,000 vaccine doses from 36 districts across the country.
The Minister of State for General Duties in the Ministry of Health, Robinah Nabbanja receiving the jab

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The Ministry of Health is considering retrieving covid-19 vaccines from districts that have failed to utilize them.

According to the data from the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI), they are considering picking 91,000 vaccine doses from 36 districts across the country.


Some of the districts have only used 1,000 vaccines out of the 5,000 doses that they received. They include Adjumani, Amolotar, Kotidio, Bulisa, Nwoya, Kagadi, Bunyagabu, Bukwo Kyenjojo, Sironko, Kaberamaido, Otuke and Omoro.


Dr Alfred Driwale, the UNEPI programme manager says leaving the vaccines in the under performing districts to expire will defeat the purpose of vaccination.


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Cue out ...expire."//

It is more than two months since the vaccination exercise began. Dr Driwale says that originally they thought by now they would no longer have any unused vaccines. With all the vaccines expected to expire in the first week of July, the health officials say something needs to be done.

If the vaccines are retrieved, they will be sent to other districts that are performing well in the vaccination exercise. They include Kampala, Rubirizi, Kanungu, Rukungiri and Bushenyi.

Driwale adds that while retrieving vaccines is an unethical practice, they have no other option since vaccine uptake during the first phase of vaccination will determine whether Uganda is given more vaccines or not.


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Cue out...part of the country."//


Uganda received a total of 964,000 vaccines from donations. A total of 653,440 vaccines were sent to districts but only 356,900 vaccines representing 55 percent of available vaccines.

Health ministry officials attribute the low uptake of vaccines in some parts districts to unresponsive health systems.


"The health systems have failed to respond to their people and take the vaccines to communities instead of being stationed at health facilities that might be far," Driwale said.