Uganda Breweries Limited and Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda, with the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda, has partnered with Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) and the Ministry of Health to speed up COVID-19 Vaccination and open up the economy.

The private sector players today launched a rejuvenated COVID-19 vaccination drive that will increase the number of vaccination points in the Kampala Metropolitan Area for more people to get access to the available vaccines.

Under the initiative, UBL, Coca-Cola, and other private sector players will support the scaling up of COVID-19 mobile sites in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area by sensitizing and mobilizing the public to go and get vaccinated against COVID-19. “Through this initiative, we intend to drive awareness of the benefits of vaccination and encourage as many people to get vaccinated. This will be done through mobile sites spread around the city to bring vaccines closer to people and scale up accessibility and convenience.

The collaboration between the government and private sector is key to ensure that public health responds to the
pandemic is strengthened to mitigate the devastating socio-economic impacts of the pandemic,” said Juliana Kagwa of Uganda Breweries Limited.

Dorothy Kisaka, KCCA Executive Director applauded UBL for the move and encouraged even more private sector players to come on board to increase the uptake of vaccines. “Our priority is to establish more vaccination centers within the Kampala Metropolitan area. Visit any of these locations and receive your shot. COVID-19 vaccines are safe for you. Protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated.”

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, total doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered
stand at 1.78 million.
“Vaccination is a proven lifesaving public health intervention. We continue to encourage the public to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines protect you from getting seriously ill and dying
from COVID-19. In addition to vaccination, we appeal to the public to continue to adhere to the SOP’s in place,” Ms. Kisaka added.

Uganda’s economy contracted 1.1% in 2020 because of the pandemic and the related containment measures. According to the Bank of Uganda, Uganda’s economy is projected to grow between 3% – 3.5% this financial year however the near-term outlook remains worrying as vaccinations are lagging well behind set targets.