By Mariam Namakula
The Ministry of Health has announced the commencement of Covid-19 vaccination across the country.
In a statement on Monday, the ministry noted that all citizens who had received their first dose together with health workers would be the priority.
“All those who have reached 12 weeks since receiving their first dose of vaccine and health workers will receive the vaccine,” the statement reads in part.
Following unsuccessful attempts to procure more vaccines from India due to its surge in Covid-19 cases, Uganda with support from the French embassy received an additional batch of 175,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on June 16.
The ministry, however, noted that Uganda still needed more vaccines to ensure that the targeted population of 29.1 million people is reached.
This vaccination is expected to run until July 2 when more vaccines are expected before the end of the month.
By June 24, the National Medical Stores had dispatched 117,520 doses to 135 districts and confirmed 93,360 in 94 districts with Kampala receiving 57,480 doses.
Vaccination centres in Kampala include Kisenyi Health Centre IV, City Hall Clinic, YMCA Secondary School, Kawempe Hospital and Ntinda Primary School.
Results of Covid-19 tests done June 25 confirmed 889 new cases with a cumulative of 78,394 cases and 903 deaths.