Covid-19 Vaccination Exercise Delayed in Kyotera

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The covid-19 vaccination of health workers in Kyotera, Rakai, Lwengo and Lyantonde districts has been postponed due to delayed delivery of the vaccines.

On Wednesday dozens of health workers arrived at their respective district hospitals and health centre IIIs and IVs to have the vaccine.   However, they were left disappointed after they were told that the vaccines had not yet been delivered by the Ministry of Health.  

According to Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer, they had mobilized all health workers and doctors in the district to turn up for the exercise.  He adds that they all adhered to the communication and reported to their respective vaccination centres only to be turned away yet the majority had commuted long distances. 

Muwanga says that they are yet to receive communication from the Ministry about when the vaccines will be delivered.

Kyotera is among the border districts that were characterized under the category of high-risk areas due to its proximity to Tanzania where community transmission is feared to be high. More than 200 people tested positive to Covid-19.    

In Rakai, Moses Sakor, the District Health Officer, says they expect to roll out the exercise next week since they had not yet received the vaccines.

Dr Moses Nkanika, the Lyantonde District Health Officer, regretted the delays saying it has disrupted the work schedule of the health workers.

Dr David Mugabi, the Lwengo DHO, says they will start on Thursday when the vaccines arrive.   Pamela Tugabiirwe, one of the frustrated health workers in Lyantonde, says she has long waited for the Covid-19 vaccine since she is one of the front-line workers.

According to Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Health Minister, the priority recipients of the vaccine will be health workers employed at public hospitals and health centres followed by those in private health facilities.

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