Uganda announces vaccination drive for entire adult population by 2022

Uganda, the East African country, has reportedly announced vaccinating its complete adult population against COVID-19 before its economy reopens by next year. Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s President stated that the country’s management has decided to expand the COVID-19 vaccination to its entire adult population rather than limiting it only to the health workers.

Ministry of Health cited that the country has reportedly received 15 million COVID-19 vaccination doses after which, Uganda has vaccinated nearly 6 million of its total population already.

Reports have it that the country has recorded 127,177 COVID cases out of which 97,297 were viral recoveries and the remaining 3,248 were deaths since the onset of pandemic. 

As per sources, the new vaccination plan in Uganda comes after the country announced receiving almost 2 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccines from Canada. Besides, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stated that Uganda received exactly 1,904,140 first doses from Canada and the government has also publicized its plans to examine vaccinating children as well.

Moreover, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s Minister of Health stated that Canada’s donation of vaccines demonstrates global unity and is a turning point in world integration.

President Museveni reportedly announced that schools and economy that shut since March 2020 due to the pandemic, will reopen from next year January because of the uncertain COVID-19 cases.

Additionally, the travel restrictions on incoming tourists owing to COVID-19 have also been relaxed in the country. Ministry of Health has assured visitors that they no longer need to wait at the airport for getting their COVID tests done.

Henry Mwebesa, Director-General of Health Services stated that the tourist’s samples will be collected from their respective stay premises and they will be later notified about their test results via phone or email.

Source:- https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/africa/uganda-plans-to-vaccinate-its-whole-adult-population-against-covid-by-early-2022.html