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COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Low as Luwero Registers New Cases

400 health workers under 108 teams were deployed across the district a week ago to embark on a mass vaccination drive against COVID-19 in which 100,000 people were targeted. However, with just a few days to the end of the two-week campaign, only 13,000 people have been vaccinated.
Some of the messages aimed at mobilising people to get vaccinated

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Residents in Luwero district have shunned the ongoing mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19 despite reports of new cases recorded in the area.

400 health workers under 108 teams were deployed across the district a week ago to embark on a mass vaccination drive against COVID-19 in which 100,000 people were targeted. However, with just a few days to the end of the two-week campaign, only 13,000 people have been vaccinated.

At Luwero Hospital, health workers say that they have been vaccinating between 20-40 people every day during the campaign, whereas, in rural health centres, less than 18 people have been turning up for the campaign.

Luwero District Health Officer Doctor Innocent Nkonwa says that the residents are reluctant to be vaccinated over the perception that the disease is no longer a threat. Nkonwa, however, revealed that the district has registered 15 new COVID-19 cases in less than two weeks, creating a need to intensify vaccinations and control its impact.

Nkonwa added that they have since scaled up the vaccination campaign by deploying mobile teams to look for the people within their communities and sensitize them to embrace the exercise.

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Cue out;…SOPS."//

Luganda//Cue in; “Tusaba era...

Cue out…tugamba ku bantu.”//

Namugeera Nkokonyole, the LC 1 Chairman of Kakokoolo village says that myths about the COVID-19 vaccines have also affected people’s response to the campaign. But, he adds, the Village Health Teams have intensified awareness campaigns for the exercise and are hopeful more people may embrace it.

Eric Mugema, a resident of Kiwogozi village in Luwero town council said he was yet to get vaccinated because he fears its side effects on his health, while several other residents claimed that they were not aware of the ongoing mass campaign.

Richard Bwabye Ntulume, the Chairperson of the Luwero District Task Force Committee on COVID-19 says that over 7,000 vaccines may soon expire in the district due to low uptake. H

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Cue out…use SOPS.”//

Luganda//Cue in; “Kyamukisa mubi…

Cue out;….twegemese.”//

According to Luwero district health department, a total of 330,000 people have received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine whereas 173,000 people are fully vaccinated in the district. At least 1,205 people tested positive for COVID-19 and 33 were confirmed dead in the earlier waves in Luwero.

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