The Ministry of Health has said it will soon provide a comprehensive plan for Ugandans ready to receive their second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and the priority groups outlined by the Government to receive the vaccine.
The pronouncement was made by Dr Charles Olaro on behalf of Director General Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa in a Saturday statement providing guidance on the movement of health workers and patients during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“On COVID-19 vaccination, the Ministry of Health will in due course be providing a comprehensive plan for those due for their second dose and for the priority groups,” Olaro said.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme was hampered after President Museveni imposed a 42 day lockdown on Friday to contain the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
To date, Uganda has vaccinated a total of 869,915 people, which accounts for 90.2% of the 964,000 doses received in the first and second batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
On March 6, 2021, the Ministry of Health received 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, shipped via the COVAX facility – the world’s facility for universal access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Government would later receive another 100,000 doses donated by the Government of India, rising the total number of doses received to 964,000 doses.
Of the, 869,915 Ugandans who have been vaccinated, only 57,797 (6.6%) have received both first and second dose.
On Thursday June 17, Uganda received an additional 175,200 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by the French government through the COVAX.
This means that Uganda has so far received 1,139,200 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
While addressing the nation at State House Nakasero on Friday, President Museveni said, “We are expecting additional 688,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in early August.”
The President directed that these doses be prioritized to give a second dose to those who have got already got their first dose.
He also announced that Government is working with the Chinese embassy to bring in 300,000 doses of vaccines (Sinovac) and discussing modalities of acquisition of more doses through direct purchase.
He added that Government is also in discussions with African Union on terms of acquisition of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
“The government will continue to explore all ways of fast tracking the acquisition of enough vaccines to vaccinate a critical mass of our population to ensure the country returns to normal operations,” he said.
Meanwhile, on matters concerning movement of health workers during the lockdown, Olaro’s Saturday statement directs that all health workers should move with the movement permit, their work identification cards, and those without should be given authorization letters by the heads of health facilities to enable easy movement to their respective facilities.
In Kampala, health workers should move with both their work IDs and national IDs between Friday and Monday as they wait for movement permits to be issued by the Ministry of Works and Transport.