By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Uganda has today Wednesday, March 10, 2021, launched the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccination campaign at Mulago Specialised Women’s and Neonatal Hospital. As earlier communicated by the Ministry of Health, frontline health workers who have been pivotal in the COVID-19 response have been the first group of people to receive the vaccine.
The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine and officials from Makerere University College of Health Sciences, accompanied by the frontline health workers have been the first people to be vaccinated today. The other group of people to receive the vaccine will be teachers.
The Ministry of Health has said that the vaccine, which arrived in the country on Friday last week has been distributed to over 40 districts in the country and that, by the close of business today, the number of districts that receive the vaccines will be 55.
Dr Aceng said that “the vaccine is safe and protective against severe forms of disease and death,” and that it is voluntary and free of charge.
It should be remembered that Uganda received 964,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines – 864,000 doses through COVAX, and 100,000 as a donation from the Indian government. It is understood that a person must receive two jabs of the vaccine in a space of six weeks.
Currently, the cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda stand at 40,490, according to the results of COVID-19 tests done on March 8, 2021, which confirmed five new cases. Of these, 15,075 have recovered, and 334 have died from the virus.