The vaccines were part of a batch of 128,560 doses that were donated by Norway. According to records from the health ministry, 12,000 are in Kampala and 8,000 in Arua.
67,000 AstraZeneca vaccines are set to expire at the end of the
The vaccines were part of a batch of 128,560 doses that were donated
by Norway. According to records from the health ministry, 12,000 are in Kampala
and 8,000 in Arua.
With just 10 days left to the end of the month, Abiaz Rwamwiri, the National
Drug Authority-NDA Principle Public Relations officer says the vaccines are
still good for use.
“A vaccine is expected to expire this month does not mean it's
bad. That vaccine can be used until the last day of the month. In this case, it
is September 30. COVID-19 vaccines normally have a six months shelf life but by
the time they arrive here from the countries, some time had passed. But this
does not mean we are giving people expired vaccines. NDA makes sure that people
are getting good vaccines, “he said.
The government has been carrying out vaccination of teachers, health workers,
people with co-morbidities, security personnel and other persons.
However, despite the pending expiry of vaccines within Kampala, many
vaccination sites in the city centre are not carrying out vaccination.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health Spokesperson earlier
on said that there were very few vaccines left in Kampala.
Between now and December, Uganda is expected to receive more than 9 million
doses of COVID-19 vaccines. 3.3 million of these have been procured by the government
while the rest are donations.
With such a big number of vaccines expected, there is fear of wastage and
expiry of vaccines.
According to the World Health Organization, on average 5 percent
of vaccines are wasted during national campaigns.
Addressing the country on Wednesday, President Museveni directed
all District Resident Commissioners, District Health Officers and Chief
Administrative Officers to carry out thorough mass mobilisation for covid-19
vaccination for the priority groups.
"I now direct with immediate effect that, all RDCs, CAOs
and DHOs must carry out intensive mobilization for all eligible priority
groups to go for vaccination. They should, in addition, ensure that no vaccines
are wasted or left to expire. In any district where vaccines expire, the
RDC, CAO and DHO will be dismissed," Museveni said.