Uganda will receive more 974,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in July, the Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has said.
Aceng who was speaking at the 4th National prayers against COVID-19 pandemic at State House, Entebbe on Friday said Government is committed to vaccinate 21 million eligible Ugandans, but more urgently the 4.8 million at highest risk individuals.
The importation of 974,400 doses, which will be shipped in the country in two batches of 688,800 and 285,600 doses will be the fourth and fifth COVID-19 vaccine consignments added to 1,139,200 doses that were imported in three batches.
“Despite the delays brought up on us by global factors beyond our control, Government with your support Your Excellency is doing all it takes to ensure the country gets all the vaccines in addition to the 1,139,000 of the AstraZeneca vaccine secured in the country so far, and in the final stage of administration to Ugandans,” said Aceng.
“In the interim, the country is expecting 2 more modest consignments of 688,800 doses and 285,600 doses in the first week of July and mid-July,” she added.
To date, Uganda has vaccinated a total of 869,915 people, which account for 90.2% of the 964,000 doses received in the first and second batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
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 a third batch of 175,200 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by the French government through the COVAX facility.
This means that Uganda has so far received 1,139,200 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, Aceng said that the current resurgence of the pandemic that began slowly at the end of March 2021 is driven by entry and rapid propagation of the very aggressive variants.
To date, 76,562 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Uganda since March 2020. Of these, 36,199 (47%) have happened in a period of 3 months.
Similarly, to date, the reported deaths stand at 846 (PCR confirmed) while 398 are clinically confirmed. 471 have occured in the resurgence.
“The death numbers may be an under estimation of the true total deaths where some private health facilities may not be reporting a the deaths as well as some deaths that may occur at home and go unreported as well,” Aceng said.
She added that Government is working hard to capture all deaths, adding that mechanisms have been put in place to do it.
A total of 1,286 patients are admitted in various Government health facilities between severe and critical conditions.