On Saturday, a total of 2814 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 at a mass covid vaccination drive held at the Kololo independence grounds, the largest number of people vaccinated in one day from a single site.
The first dosage of the Pfizer vaccine was given to 2,483 people, while the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine was given to 331 people.
The vaccination drive, dubbed “Fenna Tugemebwe,” was conceived as part of Uganda Breweries Limited’s (UBL) raising the bar program, in which the brewer collaborated with the Ministry of Health, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Safe Boda, and a number of other public and private sector players.
Over 20 mobile vaccination stations were operating during the event on Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., ensuring a lower wait time and ensuring that the immunization process went as smoothly as possible.
“I appreciate the public’s participation in such large numbers, as well as our partners’ efforts to make this campaign a success.” Jackie Tahakanizibwa, UBL’s Corporate Relations Manager, said, “I am excited that we are working toward the targeted number of vaccinated adults needed to ensure the safe reopening of the economy.”
Emmanuel Ainebyona, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, praised private sector players for organizing a mass covid vaccination push that engaged a huge number of people to get vaccinated.
“It has been impressive, and moving forward, we need to have more of these partnerships and think of more creative ways to ensure that we vaccinate the 22 million people need to protect everyone against COVID-19,” said Ainebyona.
President Museveni recently stated that properly vaccinating at least 4.8 million people by December will serve as a prelude to the economy reopening early next year.