COVID-19

Close to 8 million people have been properly vaccinated against Covid-19

Close to 8 million people have been properly vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the Ministry of Health.

Since last year, 7.9 million people have been properly vaccinated, according to the Ministry of Health.

On March 10th, 2021, the country began its immunization campaign, exactly one year ago. Medical personnel, hospital employees, teachers, aviation workers, and security officers were among the first to be targeted.

The exercise was offered to the general public once the country got more COVID-19 dosages.

Over 14 million people have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination in a year, according to Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng. 7.9 million people have been fully immunized, with another 20,758 receiving booster shots.

On Wednesday, Dr. Aceng announced the figures after receiving 2,944,800 doses of the Johnson and Johnson one-shot vaccine. Spain supplied 1,951,200 medicines, France donated 950,000 doses, and Norway donated 43,200 doses. COVAX, the worldwide vaccine exchange facility, was used to make the donation.

The increased doses are “a step advance in reducing the transmission and impact of COVID-19,” according to the health minister.

“We have vaccinated 14,054,059 people with the first dosage, 7,924,329 people are fully vaccinated, and 20,758 people have gotten booster doses,” she stated.

Uganda has received a total of 40,069,100 doses of Covid-19 vaccinations, including around 14.9 million Johnson & Johnson doses and 11.7 million Pfizer doses.

Over 4.8 million doses of Moderna, 6.8 million doses of AstraZeneca, and 1.6 million doses of Sinovac have been delivered to the country so far.

Dr. Aceng was presented with the most recent batch of donations at the National Medical Stores-NMS headquarters in Entebbe.

While handing over the donated Johnson and Johnson doses to the Ugandan government, Jaime Fernandez Rua, the Charge d’affaires of the Spanish Embassy in Kenya, stated that his country will send 55 million COVID-19 doses early this year. Various African countries will receive 25 million doses. He went on to say that Spain opposes inequity in vaccination distribution around the world.

According to NMS General Manager Moses Kamabare, this is the second time Spain has donated vaccination doses to Uganda. The first batch of 1,236,000 Moderna vaccine doses came in December, while France has given many doses of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

According to Kamabare, NMS would distribute the latest batch of Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses to various health centers under the direction of the ministry of health.

Vaccine doses from Johnson and Johnson have been distributed mostly in difficult-to-reach places, such as islands like Kalangala.

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