According to District Secretary for Health Justine Ocen, out of the total 810 teachers in the district, 638 had by the end of last week been vaccinated against COVID-19, with 192 already having received both the first and second jab.
Nearly 80 percent of teachers
and school support staff in Pader district have already received at least one
shot of COVID-19 vaccine.
The Pader district secretary
for Health, also the LCV vice Chairperson Justine Ocen says latest estimates
indicate that over 78 percent of the total number of teachers in the district
have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to Ocen,
statistics from the health department indicate that out of the total 810
teachers in the district, 638 had by the end of last week been vaccinated
against COVID 19, with 192 already having received both the first and second
//Cue in: “we have
Cue out: …get vaccinated”//
Ocen says the success,
unlike in other districts, is due to a decision made by the district leadership
to encourage teachers and school staff to be vaccinated, in adherence to
COVID-19 protocols recently issued by the government.
Recently the government
issued a mandatory vaccination directive against COVID-19 for all teachers who have been
considered among the top priority groups as part of a strategy on expediting
the reopening of schools and other learning institutions.
However, some districts have
reported a low vaccine uptake by teachers for alleged reasons of mistrust,
proliferation of misinformation over the vaccine and concerns by some who allege
the ongoing vaccination exercise would be a violation of their privacy and
The Pader Acting District
Health Officer Dr. Apio Anna also attributes the massive turn up of teachers
for the vaccination exercise to prioritizing teachers and learning institution
staff who are accessing the numerous designated centers to administer the exercise.
According to Apio, the
health department has designated all major health facilities and health centre
III’s in the district to conduct the mass vaccination against coronavirus
Since the outbreak was first
reported in the country in March last year, Pader district has recorded 9,719
cumulative tests of the coronavirus disease; 843 registered positive cases, 9
deaths with 198 positive cases currently under the home based care.