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First Jab Seekers Grumble at KCCA's "Universal" Covid-19 Vaccination

Although the exercise is meant for the general public, KCCA is using the opportunity to prioritize the teachers and their non-teaching staff who missed out on the concluded Sinovac vaccine drive that targeted teachers, and those who were due to receive their second AstraZeneca jab.
A health worker administering a jab at City hall

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Kampala Capital City Authority -KCCA has embarked on a general vaccination exercise of the public using the AstraZeneca vaccines. 

But the five days exercise that started on Monday have left some people who had turned up to receive their first jab but not falling into the  prioritized categories grumbling.

KCCA received 100,000 AstraZeneca dozes from the National Medical Stores (NMS) on Friday last week to vaccinate the public.

The Authority then made announcements on the media outlets encouraging the public to turn up for the vaccination exercise.

However, KCCA mainly targeted those receiving their second jab for AstraZeneca, teachers and their support staff, security personnel, students above 18 years of age, persons aged 50 years and above and those with underlying health conditions.

The observation made at some of the vaccination centers revealed that people were asked to register on arrival and then join the queue. Names were read and everyone was supposed to produce an identification or a vaccination card as proof to receive a second jab.

Some of the people who had turned up for their first jab after hearing announcements on the different media outlets by KCCA and did not fall into the above categories cursed the procedures used at the vaccination centers.

Suleiman Kagiri, a resident of Najjankumbi was found at the city hall vaccination center where he had come to receive his first jab.

He says he was disappointed by the procedure asking him to produce his vaccination card yet he had come for a first jab and only to be denied the opportunity.

Aziz Kakande, from Ndejje who had also turned up at City hall to receive a jab says he was told to leave the line on grounds that he is below 50 years of age. 

He claims he heard an announcement on radio and it was calling on everyone above 18 years to come for the jab.

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Although the exercise is meant for the general public, KCCA used the opportunity to prioritize the teachers and their non-teaching staff who missed out on the concluded Sinovac vaccine drive that targeted teachers, to go to the centers and receive their first jab with AstraZeneca and those who were due to receive their second AstraZeneca jab.

According to the KCCA spokesperson Danniel Niwabiine, it is by this process that KCCA will be able to implement the vaccination of teachers in Kampala as they are among the primary target of the exercise.

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Cue out…bisuka amakumi ana’’//

Over 11,000 teachers and support staff received their first jab for Sinovac vaccine during the five days' teachers vaccination drive in Kampala.   KCCA received over 11,000 vaccines that were all used according to KCCA.

Niwabiine explains that they have put up vaccination centers in all the five divisions of Kampala that include the 10 schools that were used as centers to vaccinate teachers, the  health centers that were originally used in the first vaccination exercise.

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He goes on to emphasize that at the end of this five day AstraZeneca vaccination exercise the KCCA education department working together with schools, will be able to gauge the teacher’s response to both the sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccination exercise.

Niwabiine says the results will be availed to the education ministry to partly inform its decision of school reopening.

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Government has a target of vaccinating 550,000 teachers and the drive that officially started on August 25 is still ongoing across the country.

According to the ministry of health, by Thursday last week a total of 73,332 teachers had received their two jabs. 

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