By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
As you are already aware, the Ministry of Health kicked off the COVID-19 vaccination campaign on March 10, 2021, at Mulago Specialised Hospital in Kampala District. The country received 946,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
To date, more than 60,000 people have been vaccinated all over the country and this includes frontline health workers, members of parliament, members of the first family including President Yoweri Museveni and teachers among others.
To make sure the vaccine is evenly distributed, the Ministry of Health has designated a total of 136 facilities to administer the vaccine to the high-risk category of people that are prioritised during this first wave of vaccination.
The elderly who are aged 70 years and above, teachers, servicemen and women in the armed forces, prison warders, and people with underlying illnesses are encouraged to get the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine at any of these facilities, voluntarily, and free of charge.
The Ministry of Health is also in the process of accrediting private health facilities to administer the vaccine to speed up the inoculation process and a list of these facilities will be provided once an understanding has been reached.
Results of COVID-19 tests done on March 27, 2021, confirm the cumulative confirmed cases in Uganda to be 40,820.