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Omoro, Nwoya to Forfeit Covid-19 Vaccines

A Nurse Vaccinating a Resident Against Covid-19

The Ministry of Health is considering retrieving vaccines from districts that have failed to utilise them including Nwoya, Otuke and Omoro.

According to the data from the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI), the districts have only used 1,000 vaccines out of the 5,000 doses that they received.

Other districts include; Adjumani, Amolotar, Kotido, Bulisa, Kagadi, Bunyagabu, Bukwo, Kyenjojo, Sironko, and Kaberamaido.

Dr Alfred Driwale, the UNEPI programme manager says leaving the vaccines in these underperforming districts to expire will defeat the purpose of vaccination.

It is more than two months since the vaccination exercise began.

Some of the best performing districts include Kampala, Rubirizi, Kanungu, Rukungiri and Bushenyi.

Uganda received a total of 964,000 vaccines from donations.

A total of 653,440 vaccines were sent to districts but only 356,900 vaccines representing 55 percent of available vaccines.

Health ministry officials attribute the low uptake of vaccines in some parts districts to unresponsive health systems.

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