As of today, the statement shows, 7,920 people had received their first dose of the vaccine and that they have distributed 663, 520 doses to all the districts across the country.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has asked all persons aged 70 and above to go to vaccination centres for COVID-19 jabs.
In a Thursday evening joint press statement, Health Minister
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said while they had initially planned to vaccinate the elderly
starting from 50 years of age, they have so far acquired 964,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in stock which cant cater for the more than 3.3 million persons
of advanced age previously targeted. She said, of the available doses, 700,000 are reserved for
teachers and health workers.
As of today, the statement shows, 7,920 people had received their
the first dose of the vaccine and that they have distributed 663, 520 doses to all the
districts across the country.
However, the vaccination has been met with scepticism with
sections including health workers who have chosen not to take jab with piling fears
of suspected side effects that have caused some countries that were using the AstraZeneca
to pause the exercise.
In Europe, some countries have suspended vaccination over
cases of deep vein thrombosis, a condition associated with the formation of blood
clots in the veins. 30 cases of people developing the condition after vaccination
have been reported to the World Health Organization but analysis to determine
the relationship is still ongoing.
In Uganda, the Ministry of Health says their surveillance
teams have not yet captured any person who has developed serious side effects
from vaccination and therefore called upon the population not to abscond as
they extend to cover more priority groups having started with health workers
The other groups
including teachers and security operatives will be vaccinated concurrently with
the medics. Also today, vaccination of
security operatives was launched at Mbuya barracks in Kampala.