Local leaders in Kyamukube Town Council Bunyangabu District want
the covid-19 vaccination campaign extended to public places following a poor
The leaders argue that many people including those who are
supposed to receive their second first jab have shunned the exercise.
Statistics from Rambia Health Centre III, which hosts the
COVID-19 vaccination centre in the town council, indicate that on average, only
30 people turn up for vaccination. The town council
targets to vaccinate more than 200 people.
Robson Kamende, the Kyamukube town council speaker says that establishing vaccination points in markets, churches and other public
gatherings will increase the uptake. He adds that misinformation and cultural beliefs being circulated by some people is pushing away from vaccination.
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Henry Mutwangani the Kyamukube LCIII Chairperson says there
is negative information about the vaccines that has discouraged many people
from being vaccinated. He says that if people are found in public
places, they can easily accept to be vaccinated.
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Allen Kemigisa, a shopkeeper in the town council said she does not have time to go to the health centre to get her second jab. She agrees
that if the exercise had extended to her place of work, she would have been fully
Juma Baluku, a lab attendant at Rambia health centre
III, says that people turning up for the second dose has been very low. He
says people are being exposed to misinformation leading to hesitancy.
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Christopher Kemba the Bunyangabu District Health Educator
says they are intensifying an awareness campaign to encourage people to embrace
the vaccination exercise.
month while addressing the nation, President Museveni said that all sectors of
the economy will reopen when 4.8 million people are vaccinated. These include teachers,
security, the elderly, and those below 50 years but with comorbidities.