By ROBERT KAMUKAMA
KAMPALA-SHIFTMEDIA– It is official, the Covid 19 jabs started off today. First on priority are teachers and frontline Health workers.
The vaccination was officially launched by the Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng at the Mulago Specialized Women’s and Neonatal Hospital in Kampala.
The two batches of the AstraZeneca Vaccines from India jetted into the country last week. The government received 864,000 doses of the vaccine on Friday and 964,000 doses of the vaccine through donations on Sunday.
The AstraZeneca vaccines are manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
According to Jane Ruth Aceng, the vaccinations will start with senior health officials and front-line health workers in government facilities receiving the first of 2 jabs today before being spread across the country.
Astra Zeneca vaccine is expected to reach various districts by Wednesday for the process to kick off.
Meanwhile a total of 150,000 health workers in public and private facilities and 550,000 teachers all registered, benefiting from the 1st phase of vaccination starting on Wednesday 10th March 2021.
The already registered health workers are expected to be vaccinated between March 10 to 15 while teachers begin from March 16 to 19.
More additional 18 million doses of vaccines are expected in the country this month from the Covax facility.
According to the Ministry of Health, at least 22 million Ugandans will be vaccinated by the end of 2022.
Jane Ruth Aceng urged Ugandans to embrace the vaccination process despite safety fears as this will significantly reduce the risk of one contracting the virus by 80 percent.
“The presence of a vaccine doesn’t mean that people are totally immune from the virus,” she said.
she said all Ugandans receiving the vaccination are expected to have identification including National ID’s, letters from LC’s and sign consent forms.