The Ministry of Health and partners will conduct a one-week accelerated vaccination campaign against COVID-19 from Monday, September 27 to Friday, October 3 2021 in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono.
According to the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwiine, the vaccination campaign will be carried out using AstraZeneca, Pfizer vaccines and later Sinovac.
“All persons starting the vaccination will receive Pfizer vaccine as their first dose and their second dose of Pfizer after one month (4 weeks). All persons who started with AstraZeneca and are due for their second dose will be given AstraZeneca in the same locations,” she said.
Atwiine says Persons who started vaccination with Sinovac and are due for a second dose will be informed shortly on the date to turn up.
she says the ministry’s focus is to vaccinate the most vulnerable 4.8 million people of the priority group to enable the reopening of schools.
“The focus is to vaccinate the most vulnerable 4.8 million people of the priority group to enable us safely open the schools. The exercise will target risk groups like people aged 50 and above, persons above 18 with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, kidney, liver diseases and chronic diseases, security personnel, health workers and students in tertiary institutions among others,” Atwiine said.
The health ministry revealed that the vaccination campaign will take place at 58 sites, these include schools, markets, churches, open places among others.
In Kampala, some of the places highlighted include St.Balikuddembe, Nakasero, Usafi, Old taxi park, new taxi park, global coaches bus terminal, Kisenyi bus terminal, Namayiba bus terminal, Kisekka market and City Square are some of the vaccination points in the central division.
Wandegeya Market, St.Paul Primary School Kyebando, St.Peters Kanyanya, Makerere Yellow primary school, Kawempe Muslim Primary school, Bwaise Community hall, Kyambogo University, Okuva church Mbuya, Eden Church Mulimira, Nateete Archdeaconry, Kibuye market, St.Peter’s Nsambya primary school, Amazon playgrounds, Katwe Martyrs Church, Prayer Palace Church, Maranatha Church and Kansanga Seed SS among others.
In Mukono, the district grounds, Kyetume trading centre, Seeta Church of Uganda Primary School, Kisowera primary school, Katosi trading centre, Namataba All Saints Church, Nsuube Church of Uganda and Kojja Community Centre are some of the vaccination centres.
Atwiine advised the public not to mix vaccines nor receive a booster dose, saying there is limited information on the effects of mixing vaccine types, “Every client MUST receive the same type of vaccine as both their first and second dose.”
In his recent address, President Museveni said by December the country will have received at least 12 million doses of vaccines Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm and Pfizer.
He directed the Resident District Commissioners, Chief Administrative Officers and District Health Officers to mobilise members of the public to go for vaccination.