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Kampala runs out of Covid-19 vaccines

Covid-19 vaccination at Makerere University hospital

Covid-19 vaccination at Makerere University hospital

All Covid-19 vaccination centres in Kampala have run out of vaccines.

URN visited some vaccination sites such as the Kampala Capital City clinic, Kiswa health center III, Bukoto heath center, Naguru General hospital and Kisenyi and found no queues of people waiting for vaccines.

Charles Lweno, a 30-year-old man found at the KCCA clinic says that he was told to return on Tuesday to receive his second jab, but he is disappointed there were no vaccines.

"There's very bad communication. I was here yesterday and we were told to come back today. We came back and the nurses just looked at us for more than an hour before telling us there were no vaccines," Lweno said.

According to the Health ministry, a total of 15,000 doses out of the 286,000 donated vaccines were allocated to the 35 vaccination centres in Kampala.

Sheila Ndihukire, the public relations officer at the National Medical Stores (NMS) says, currently there are no AstraZeneca vaccines.

"At the moment, we do not have any vaccines in our stores. We are expecting to get more on Thursday so that we can distribute more vaccines next week," she said.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the senior public relations officer at the ministry of Health says that people need to be patient because more vaccines are expected soon.

"Kampala does not have vaccines but we are expecting more to arrive any time from now and we shall carry on with vaccination hopefully next week," Ainebyoona said.

NMS currently has a total of 300,000 Sinovac vaccines, which have been earmarked for organized groups like people working in companies, teachers or associations.

Dr Immaculate Ampaire, the deputy programme manager of the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI) says it's only Kampala currently reporting shortages.

"So far our reports only show it's Kampala that is out of vaccines, in other districts they still have. This does not mean that people should not go to those districts to look for vaccines. We are expecting more vaccines and Kampala will likely resume vaccination next week," Ampaire said.

According to Ampaire, the next vaccination exercise will focus on persons getting their second jab and people in the priority groups that have not received even one jab of the vaccine.

Data from the ministry shows that as of August 16, only 163,346 teachers has received one jab of the vaccine out of the targeted 550,000 targeted group.


0 #1 kabayekka 2021-08-18 20:39
Of course such a scenario was expected. That is why public advice was passed on to the scientific committee that is advising the military and police to lockdown this country 24 hours, 7 days when a COVID19 vaccine had been explored world wide.

This Uganda political curfew must be removed at once so that those who are able to pay for the vaccine can do so and are able to even get this service 24 hours 7 days.

Most of the public is fed up with waiting for donated vaccines which are coming in a trickle or never going to come at all. 24 hour-services cannot work because there is a strict curfew!

There are many religious organizations that have many great friends abroad who can help them get vaccinations in 8 hours time by air.
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0 #2 kabayekka 2021-08-19 14:11
It is now very clear to the citizens of this country that the government is unable to completely manage the operation of immunization of COVID19 for the whole population of 47 million people by the end of this month or the end of this year.

And there is the program of annual immunization until such time that the scientists sort out to reduce the killing powers of this brutal pandemic.

Putting aside a big portion of the country's budget on security to manage several lockdowns is not going to solve this medical catastrophe that has befallen the whole world!
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