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MoH Flags-Off Accelerated COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign in Rwenzori

The accelerated vaccination exercise seeks to address low vaccination coverage, slow utilization of vaccines, poor mobilization of the target population and handling emerging regional hotspots that continue to propagate the pandemic.
Muhanga says Uganda has enough vaccines

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The Ministry of Health has launched the COVID-19 accelerated Mass Vaccination Campaign (AMVC) in Rwenzori Region to boost the government plan of vaccinating 22 million people by the end of 2022.

The accelerated vaccination exercise seeks to address low vaccination coverage, slow utilization of vaccines, poor mobilization of the target population and handling emerging regional hotspots that continue to propagate the pandemic.

state minister of Primary Healthcare Margaret Muhanga says that the mass vaccination campaign is intended to prepare the country and her economy for full re-opening in January. Muhanga notes that the country must reduce the risk of new infections by ensuring that the biggest population is vaccinated by end of December.

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Muhanga who launched the regional exercise from Kasese District says the ministry is concerned that persons aged above 50 have not responded to the vaccination exercise despite being a priority group. However, she notes that each district has been given 120 million Shillings and vehicles for surveillance vaccination and outreaches to vaccinate as many people as they can.

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The minister also expressed disappointment over the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccination in the Lango and Teso regions attributing it to misconceptions.

Dr Richard Mugahi, a commissioner in the Ministry of Health, says that the country has received enough vaccines asking all stakeholders to rally the population to get vaccinated. He urged all Ugandans to get vaccinated as the new omicron variant had shown evidence that it's mostly affecting people who are not vaccinated against COVID.

Kasese Resident District Commissioner Lt. Joe Walusimbi who is also the COVID-19 Taskforce Chairperson said that the mass vaccination campaign has begun on a good note, citing that both the district and municipal vaccination centres registered high turn up.  Uganda has administered over 4,835,777 doses of the cOVID-19 vaccine as of today.  

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