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Nabilatuk District Officials Shun COVID-19 Vaccination

Since the district launched COVID-19 vaccination on March 18th, only 32 people have been vaccinated. Nabilatuk received 1,100 doses of the vaccines in the first phase. But only 19 out of 66 health workers have been vaccinated whiles 13 others are frontline workers like the support staff, teachers and soldiers.
The Acting DPC Nabilatuk, Julius Twesigye takes COVID-19 Jab.

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The uptake of COVID-19 vaccine is still low in Nabilatuk district as the targeted group has shunned the jabs.

Since the district launched COVID-19 vaccination on March 18th, only 32 people have been vaccinated. Nabilatuk received 1,100 doses of the vaccines in the first phase. But only 19 out of 66 health workers have been vaccinated whiles 13 others are frontline workers like the support staff, teachers and soldiers. 

Since government launched the COVID-19 vaccination exercise early this month, there have been mixed reactions from the community, delaying the completion of the first phase of the vaccination.

Mary Nachap, a resident of Lorengedwat trading centre in Nabilatuk district says she can only take the COVID-19 jab after seeing all the top leaders vaccinated.

“Here in Nabilatuk, I have not seen our MP or CAO receive the vaccine but I hear they are vaccinating health workers," she said. "There is no need to hurry for this vaccine. Even the president took his time.”

The president and the first lady took their jabs on Saturday.

Nabilatuk Deputy RDC, Grace Atim says some people have a negative disposition towards the vaccine. She, however, assured residents in the district that it is in government interest and responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of citizens.

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The district rolled out vaccination to Lolachat HC111 on Saturday  and Lorengedwat HCIII on Monday.

The District Health Officer Nabilatuk, Dr. Peter Lokwang he expects numbers of frontline workers taking the vaccine to improve. He revealed that vaccine went through four stages of testing before it was recommended for use.

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The Ministry of Health received 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine early in this month to commence vaccination of frontline workers and vulnerable persons across the country.

The government targets to vaccinate 49.6 per cent of the population, which is about 21,936,011, in a phased manner. Each phase is planned to cover 20 per cent of the population – approximately 4.38 million people.