The Ministry of Health has announced that it will resume vaccination for the deadly Coronavirus next week.
According to the ministry spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the exercise will target mostly health workers and those due for the second jab.
“The COVID-19 Vaccination exercise resumes on Monday in Kampala and countrywide. In Kampala, it will be conducted by KCCA and UPDF health workers. Each division will have 8 vaccination centres within a walking distance. The target population is health workers and those going for the second jab,” Ainebyoona said.
The Health Ministry spokesperson said in other districts and cities, authorities will have outreach centres to ensure health workers and those due for the second doses get their jabs near their homes.
The news of the resumption of Covid vaccination will be a sigh of relief after the country ran short of the vaccines, a situation that frustrated government efforts to vaccinate the high-risk people.
Whereas government wants to vaccinate at least 4.4 million people representing 80 percent of the vulnerable groups, data from the Ministry of Health indicates that only 834, 271 have been vaccinated.
There was a rush for vaccination after the onset of the second wave which has claimed many lives in just four weeks.
However, efforts by members of the public to get vaccinated were futile after government ran out of the AstraZeneca vaccines.
Following the shortage of Covid vaccines at a time they are needed most, some private health facilities decided to make a kill out of the situation by selling the doses for a much as shs300,000.
Police recently arrested 12 people, recovered 803 used doses and, empty vaccine bottles, 1000 immunization cards in an operation targeting private health facilities selling Covid vaccines which are supposed to be administered free of charge to the public.
The vaccines were being sold for as much as shs500,000.
However, last week, there was light at the end of the tunnel when the country received 175,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the French government through the COVAX facility.