Teachers in Kitgum opposed to vaccination against Covid-19 have opted to buying fake vaccination cards instead of receiving the jab.
Kitgum Covid-19 taskforce chairperson and resident district commissioner (RDC) William Komakech says that they have received information about teachers dodging vaccines and opting for fake documents.
Recently, the government issued mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 for all teachers and non-teaching staff as one of the measures to expedite the reopening of schools.
Komakech says the claims come amidst reports of a low vaccine uptake amongst teachers in the district which currently stands below 60 per cent despite mass mobilization and availability of the vaccines.
According to Komakech, the fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates are being sold by unscrupulous health workers for Shs 30,000-50,000 each.
Kitgum district education officer Fred Owot decried the allegations and also warned teachers against purchasing fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates, saying it endangers their own health and that of students.
Kitgum municipal principal education officer Harriet Okot Atim says that teachers who refuse to receive the jab will be denied access to classes when schools reopen. Some of the teachers who are hesitant to receive the Covid-19 jab say that they are concerned about the side and aftereffects of the vaccines.
Kitgum acting district health officer Dr Henry Okello Otto says that he is not aware of fake vaccination cards are being sold to teachers. Okello says that he will investigate the claims and subsequently take action.
By Monday last week, 432 teachers and 129 non-teaching staff in Kitgum municipality have so far been vaccinated while 507 teachers and non-teaching staff were already vaccinated in Kitgum district against the targeted 1,189 teachers in the entire district.
The State House Health Monitoring Unit last week arrested three people accused of selling forged Covid-19 vaccination cards in Kampala.
Dr Warren Namara, the director of the unit said they received information that some people were selling fake vaccination cards at Shs 150,000 each.