Ivan Ruyonga, a health worker in one of the private facilities turned up around 3pm on Tuesday only to find the center closed. He claims that the Health ministry did not communicate effectively on the time frame for people to get their first dose.
people were turned away from Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital for the third
day on Tuesday due to the shortage of the COVID-19 vaccine. The hospital ran
out of the COVID-19 vaccine last Friday prompting it to close the vaccination
center at 2 pm instead of 5 pm.
center opens between 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays. However, the center closed at 2 pm
on Friday last week because only f four doses were remaining. The four doses
were administered to staff of Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, who arrived
at the center on Monday by 7:30 am.
As a result,
the center has remained closed due to the lack of vaccines. However, dozens of
people including the elderly, teachers and health workers have continued
turning up at the center for vaccination. Ivan Ruyonga, a health worker in one
of the private facilities turned up around 3 pm on Tuesday only to find the
He claims that the Health Ministry did not communicate
effectively on the time frame for people to get their first dose.
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Muyomba, a secondary school teacher, says that it is unfortunate that he has
missed out on the vaccination. "I wonder if we will even get the first
dose because the health workers are also not sure," Muyomba said. Over 3,700 people including health workers, teachers, staff of UN agencies
and government institutions such as the National Medical Stores-NMS have
received their first dose since March 10th when the vaccination exercise
started at the facility.
afternoon, the hospital received 300 doses to vaccinate those
returning for their second dose in the first 10 days. The hospital used to vaccinate an average of 100 people daily. However,
the highest number of people would turn up on Monday and Friday ranging between
150 and 200 people on both days. For instance, on Monday, April 26th, 187
people were vaccinated while 167 people were vaccinated on Friday, April 30th.
Last Friday, Dr. John Kalyesubula, the medical officer at Entebbe Municipal
Council apologized to the people who turned up but found the center closed due
to the vaccine stockouts. At the time, he blamed the health
workers at the center for not informing his office in time about the likelihood of
a stock out.
officers are supposed to restock when they have less than 100 doses. So this
was an oversight on their part and we apologize to the people who missed out.
Let them return next week,” said Dr. Kalyesubula. Some of the health
workers at the center however say they requested for additional 1,000 doses but
only received 500 doses on Tuesday.
gets the doses from Wakiso district headquarters. Dr. Kalyesubula says the center
will remain closed for those who want to get their first jab until they receive
additional doses. "It is beyond our control. We have to wait for Wakiso
district to release the doses. So maybe they return next week."
The second dose is expected to be administered between May 5th to June
28th at Entebbe Hospital. Uganda has so far received 964,000 Covid-19 doses.
The doses are expected to expire by July 10th, 2021.