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Gov’t starts mass vaccination of children against covid-19 

The Ministry of Health has today Monday commenced the vaccination of children against Covid-19.

Children aged between 12 and 17 years are the ones to be vaccinated against covid-19 according to Ministry of health.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the spokesperson of the Health ministry, encouraged parents to take their children for vaccination, saying this is essential for effective control of the pandemic to avoid disruption of learning.

“The mass vaccination will run from August 22 to September 3. It will be done in health facilities and community outreaches. Parents should take their children to vaccination points because this is a way of ensuring that they are protected from severe disease and death,” said Ainebyona.

The country has registered about 3,628 deaths due to COVID – 19 as of August this year. Fortunately, according to World Health Organization (WHO), children have a low risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19. Many of them recover from the virus without showing any symptoms at all. 

Children with underlying health conditions (including obesity, heart, kidney or liver disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis and cancer) are at higher risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19. 

Children are also at risk of developing ‘long COVID’ including long-lasting symptoms of the virus for weeks, or sometimes months. These symptoms can include fatigue and headaches. 

The Government has therefore urged parents to use this opportunity and take their children for vaccination to avoid such complications

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