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Amuru Receives 3,000 Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines

Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng At Elegu Border Post

Amuru district is among the first districts in Uganda to receive Covid-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese and Indian governments.      

Amuru received 3,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on Tuesday which will cover 1500 people. The vaccination exercise is expected to start by 17th, March.

However the district authorities have appealed to the Ministry of Health to send them more COVID-19 vaccines.

Amuru district currently has a total of 486 health workers, at least 1200 teachers and 30,000 elderly people. These categories have been classified as the priority groups that will receive the vaccines.

Michael Lakony, the district LCV chairperson says that there is need for the government to add more vaccines given that Amuru is located close to South Sudan which he says manifested itself during the outbreak of the pandemic where at least 30% of Uganda`s cases were reported from.

Patrick Odong Olwedo, Amuru District Health Officer says that they are going to start with vaccinating the frontline health workers along with the support staff as they wait for further guidance from the Ministry of Health.

COVID-19 vaccination has commenced today at the Mulago National Specialized National Referral Hospital.

The health ministry is planning to vaccinate around 22 million people (49.6 per cent) aged 18 and above in a phased manner. However, the country has so far received 964,000 vaccines donated by the Chinese and Indian governments.

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