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Kitgum Fails to Hit Target for Teachers COVID-19 Vaccination

The district had targeted to vaccinate 1,829 teachers out of which, 1,189 are in the district and 640 in the Municipality. Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech, however, says by Thursday last week, only 427 teachers out of the targeted 1,829 had received their first and second jab.
Acting Kitgum General Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Geoffery Okello reacts during covid-19 vaccination.

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A few teachers in Kitgum District have embraced the mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Last week, the District Health and Education Departments launched a five-day mandatory vaccination of all teachers and non-teaching staff in line with the government’s directives requiring all teachers and non-teaching staff to get vaccinated ahead of the full reopening of learning institutions.

The district had targeted to vaccinate  1,829 teachers out of which, 1,189 are in the district and 640 in the Municipality. Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech, however, says by Thursday last week, only 427 teachers out of the targeted 1,829 had received their first and second jab. 

He says the sub-counties of Orom, Lagoro and Omiya Anyima registered the lowest turn up of teachers. 

//Cue in; “there is low…

Cue out…low turn up.”//

Komakech observes a need to mobilize the teachers who haven’t received the jab to take part. He has since tasked the relevant teacher’s associations in the district and school heads to spearhead campaigns in rallying teachers to embrace the vaccination campaign. 

//Cue in; “we need to… 

Cue out…the priority now.”//

He however warned teachers who haven’t received the jab against the temptation of forging or buying vaccination cards.  Komakech says speculation is rife that some of the teachers intend to buy the vaccination cards from health workers administering the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Luo byte//Cue in; “peko bi bedo…

Cue out…compromising kwo ni.”//

Harriet Atim, the Kitgum Municipal Education Officer acknowledges that some teachers have been hesitant to take the jab. She however says most of the teachers and support staff in the Municipality embraced the vaccination.

According to Atim, out of the 205 teachers and support staff on the government payroll in the Municipality, 159 had already been vaccinated by the end of Wednesday. Atim says they are continuing to sensitize teachers on the importance of the vaccine to ensure that all those eligible take part. 

Kitgum Municipal Council Mayor Richard Okwera Ojara reiterates that there is a need to bring on board the association of teachers and their leaders to convince teachers into taking the jab. He notes that the long duration of school closure due to the covid-19 outbreak has psychologically affected some of the teachers especially those in private schools who were rendered jobless and thus hesitant to vaccinate. 

The government targets to vaccinate 550,000 teachers all over the country. However, in August this year, only 110,000 teachers had been vaccinated according to the Health Ministry.

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