Covid -19 Vaccination Starts

Uganda has officially entered phase 1 of the COVID -19 vaccination today Wednesday 10th March 2021 days after receiving 2 consignments of the AstraZeneca vaccines

The exercise has been officially launched by the Minister for Health Dr. Jane Ruth Acheng at Mulago Specialised Women’s and Neonatal Hospital.

It will start with senior health officials and front-line health workers in government facilities receiving the first of 2 jabs today before being spread across the country.

Astra Zeneca vaccine is expected to reach various districts by Wednesday for the process to kick off.

Meanwhile a total of  150,000 health workers in public and private facilities and 550,000 teachers all registered, benefiting from the 1st phase of vaccination starting on Wednesday 10th March 2021.

The already registered health workers are expected to be vaccinated between March 10 to 15 while teachers begin from March 16 to 19.

Dr. Idro Richard the president of the Uganda medical association told Galaxy that the 18million vaccines are expected to arrive in the country courtesy of the Covax facility and the government has placed another order for 9 million people.

Covid -19 Vaccination Starts

Dr. Idro says he is hopeful that the entire vaccination process will end by 2022 after targeting an estimated  22 million Ugandans.

He has called on Ugandans to embrace the vaccination process despite safety fears as this will significantly reduce the risk of one contracting the virus by 80 percent.

Health Minister Acheng says the presence of a vaccine doesn’t mean people are totally immune from being infected.

Ugandans receiving the vaccination are expected to have identification including National ID’s, letters from LC’s and sign consent forms.

Covid -19 Vaccination Starts

The long and short-term side effects of the vaccines are still not known although they have been proved as safe following a rigorous safety assessment by the agency.

The AstraZeneca vaccines are manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

The government received 864,000 doses of the vaccine on Friday and 964,000 doses of the vaccine through donations on Sunday.

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