By Davis Mugabi
COVID-19 vaccination remains one of the key strategic intervention to control the pandemic, especially with the emergence of new variants.
So far, 10,633,472 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to the target population of 22 million people. Of this, 9,162,284 persons (43%) have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, of these 1,944,194 are vaccinated using J&J vaccine, while 1,471,188 (15%) have received the second dose and are considered fully vaccinated.
This therefore means 3,415, 382 (15%) are fully vaccinated.
Vaccines Pipeline in the country
To-date, the Government has received a total of 32,696,440 doses of vaccines of which 20,039066 doses have been utilized countrywide and some are still in the districts. Distribution of the remaining 12,657,374 doses is ongoing.
“We expect an additional 11,010,810 million doses of various vaccines by end of March 2022. This indicates the country has enough vaccines for all eligible persons,” Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng told the media in Kampala on Thursday.
Accelerated Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign (AMVC)
In order to increase uptake, the Ministry of Health will continue to undertake regional accelerated Mass Covid-19 Vaccination Campaigns (AMVC). To-date, the vaccination campaigns have been conducted in the sub regions of Teso, Lango, Acholi, Ankole, West Nile, Tooro, Rwenzori and part of Buganda.
The on-going regional vaccination campaigns have enabled vaccination of 4,506,480 million people over the last one and a half months in the eight regions.