By Mable Nakibuuka
The Ministry of Health has revealed that Ugandans who got infected with Coronavirus but survived it and journalists are among the first groups of people that shall receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Uganda on Friday imported the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX programme, which was received by the COVID-19 National Taskforce and vaccination is set to kick off on March 10th.
However, according to the Ministry of Health, top on the list of people in the first groups that will be vaccinated are health workers, security personnel, teachers, journalists and other frontline workers.
“The initial batch of 864,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 has arrived in the country. Vaccination against COVID-19 starts on 10 March 2021. Government is providing the vaccine FREE of charge. Vaccination will take place in a phased manner starting with the most at risk groups,” the Health Ministry tweeted.
The Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr. Diana Atwine had earlier on noted that; “Even those who recovered from COVID-19 shall be required to take the vaccine.”
Commenting about journalists, she stated that they too will be vaccinated in the first batch because they are frontline workers.
About whether people who don’t have National IDs shall be allowed to get vaccinated, Dr. Atwine said that; “Nobody will be turned away from receiving the Covid-19 vaccine because they don’t have Identity Cards. We only required everyone to have identification because we need them to complete the vaccine after the first dose.”
According to information from the Ministry, results of COVID-19 tests done on 04 March 2021 confirm 26 new cases. The cumulative confirmed cases are 40,452. The breakdown of the new cases are:
25 contacts and alerts: Kampala (10) Masaka (3) Wakiso (9) Tororo (1) Busia (1) Namisindwa (1)
1 Truck Driver from Elegu.
So far, 334 deaths COVID-19 related deaths have been registered and 15,065 have recovered.
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