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Vaccination Against Covid19 Resumes Monday

The Government has said it will resume countrywide Covid-19 vaccination on Monday next week and that people who are due for the second dose and health workers will be prioritised.

Government halted the exercise last week after the 964,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine which were received through global sharing initiative–Covax and the Indian government, got finished.

Dr Alfred Driwale, the head of immunisation programme at the Ministry of Health says 175,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are available and were donated by the French government on June 17.

“The doses which districts will receive will be based on the number of people who are due for the second dose. The doses are not enough for those who are due for the second dose but more doses are coming in July and August,” Dr Driwale said.

More than 322,000 people are due for the second round.

By June 18, only 57,797 people  had received both the first and second.

The second round increases protection for recipients from severe illness and deaths by another 30 per cent (from 62-92 per cent), according to information from government scientists.

“We are also going to prioritise healthcare workers who are increasingly getting infected so as to protect the health system. We will vaccinate even those who didn’t get the first shot.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health spokesperson, said in a tweet: “In Kampala, it [vaccination] will be conducted by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) health workers.

National Medical Stores spokesperson, Sheila Nduhukire says they started distributing the vaccines to districts at the weekend.

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