Ugandans In Panic Mode

Ugandans don’t disappoint, they have turned up in large numbers at the Kololo independence grounds for the mass vaccination as a second wave of covid19 hits the country.

The government will for the next few days, starting today Monday 31st May 2020 vaccinate masses with the Astra Zeneca covid 19 jabs at the Kololo independence grounds.

This comes as over 400,000 Covid 19 vaccines risk being disposed of after expiring by the end of June 2021.

By 6;30 am, hundreds of youth and the elderly had already shown up at the grounds to take their first and second jabs.

The Ministry of Health has erected 20 tents that are staffed with health workers administering jabs to the anxious yet bold crowd.

Meanwhile 40 tents have been set up at Kololo to accommodate the large numbers that are flowing in for vaccination.

One by one the sufficient vaccinators are able to administer the jabs swiftly and easily with no complaints of time and limited medical personnel.

Dr Daniel Kyabayinze an Epidemiologist ministry of health says the medical personnel in each vaccination tent are able to handle 40 persons per minute which is timely.

Ugandans In Panic Mode

He adds that the health ministry has opened up vaccination to all groups and all persons interested in jab just need to go to Kololo to get it.

He says the exercise is ongoing until all the remaining vaccines have been consumed .

Recently, the Ministry of Health announced that new more infectious, and indiscriminative variants of Covid 19 had hit the country.

According to the MOH the variants  from India, Nigeria UK and South Africa, have led to an escalation in infections from the virus.

The variants affect also the young between the ages of 10-29years, which wasn’t the case with the 1st wave that hit the country in March 2020 where the elderly at 50 years and above were more susceptible.

The government has warned of tough containment measures, including a possible total lockdown if the situation gets out of hand.

The ministry of health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyona says the expiry date of the vaccines is July 10th.

He adds that doing this vaccination camp will minimize the risk of vaccines being wasted.

Uganda received her 1st consignment of 964,000 Astra Zeneca vaccine early this through Covax and the Indian Serum Institute.

Vaccination of Covid 19 was officially kicked off on the 10th March 2021 at Mulago and rolled out to other parts of the country.

Various government institutions including prisons, Police, Army, Parliament among others.

Ainebyona has urged the public to strictly adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs.)while undergoing the vaccination process.

As of Saturday a total of 577, 036 people had been vaccinated against Covid-19. MOH says most of the cases are from Kampala and Wakiso.

Uganda currently has 45,931 cases with 43,401 recoveries.

As of May 27, 2021, over 250,000 people who are not part of the priority group had so far been vaccinated.

The total number of people who have been vaccinated nationwide stood at 577,036 as of May 27, 2021.

 Dr Alfred Driwale, the programme manager of the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI), says that more people in this group appreciate the vaccine more compared to the target group.