Uganda Faced with the low uptake of Covid-19 vaccine the Ministry of Health has opened four additional vaccination centers in the Kampala Metropolitan area hoping to reach more people.
The four vaccine sites include City Square, Old Taxi Park, Namboole stadium and Mayor’s Garden in Entebbe. To boast the vaccine intake.
Dr. Immaculate Ampaire, the Assistant Manager of the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization says that they selected the four Vaccination centers due to their accessibility by a big number of people presumed to be at risk of infection such as taxi drivers.
In addition, with only 2.3million doses administered so far, Uganda failed to hit the September target set by the World Health Organization for countries to have vaccinated at least ten percent of their initially targeted population. Uganda has set to immunize about 21 million people including health workers, security operatives, the elderly and those that live with pre-existing conditions that lower their immunity.
By the end of September, the country had vaccinated less than five percent of the targeted population. Ampaire says that apart from hitting the targets, the ministry wants to reach as many people as possible. Since the vaccines so far received have a very short life span, the majority expiring by the end of October. Uganda has a stock of 5,690,363 COVID-19 vaccine doses.