COVID-19

As the Covid-19 vaccination program gets off in Kampala, teachers are embracing it.

This was primarily to verify that all teachers were vaccinated, which was one of the government's prerequisites for reopening schools.

As the drill began in Kampala, hundreds of teachers gathered at vaccination centers to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations. The drill, which began yesterday, is scheduled to conclude on August 30.

The Directorate of Education and Social Services designated ten schools, two in each of Kampala’s divisions, to serve as immunization centers. This was primarily to verify that all teachers were vaccinated, which was one of the government’s prerequisites for reopening schools.

Despite being recognized as one of the primary priority groups during the previous immunization push, only roughly 10,000 teachers out of a target of 550,000 teachers received the vaccine, leaving a large number of teachers vulnerable to Covid-19 infections.

Each vaccination center will receive 1,000 doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, which is one of those validated for emergency use by the World Health Organization, according to Dr Julius Simon Otim, Manager Epidemiology and Disease Control at Kampala Capital City Authority KCCA. The directorate plans to vaccinate approximately 10,000 instructors, according to Dr. Otim.

According to Otim, the teacher immunization centers are only accepting those who have never been vaccinated with the Astrazeneca vaccine. He stressed that people who received the first vaccination should not join the lines because they are using a separate vaccine, which could impact the efficacy once mixed.

Teachers and crucial personnel from both private and public institutions are being encouraged to be vaccinated, according to KCCA spokesperson Daniel NuweAbiine. All students need is a school ID card, a National Identity Card, or an introductory letter from the school, according to him.

Unlike earlier vaccination exercises, according to Robert Kyambadde, a teacher at Winston Standard SS Najjanankumbi, where teachers had less information about the vaccination and its effects, this time around, they have been sensitized and their worries have been suppressed.

Bryan Katabalwa, a teacher from Andy Mwesigwa Comprehensive High School in Wakiso district, says he opted to participate in the vaccination drive in Kampala because he wants to see the schools reopen. However, it is unclear when the vaccine drive will begin in Wakiso.

Wilson Tumuhamye, the Principal of the Lugogo Vocational Training Institute, says the government’s adequate procedures have encouraged him, and the need to reopen schools has also contributed to the favorable response.

Abdul Walakira, a support staff member at Lugogo vocational Institute who was vaccinated at Bat Valley elementary school, claims that his top supervisors ordered that all staff members be vaccinated, but he believes that it was not his choice.

After four weeks, all of the vaccinated instructors were told to return for their second vaccination.

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