Uganda has to date vaccinated over 3.5 million people against COVID-19, according to state minister for primary health care, Margaret Muhanga.
While officiating at the launch of Nile breweries- NBL COVID-19 country wide mass vaccination drive scheduled today and tomorrow in 20 districts, Muhanga noted that most of them have been vaccinated with first Jab.
She noted that with such momentum from stakeholders in private sector and other partners in rallying masses to go for vaccination, the government thinks that it will surpass the targeted number of 4.8 million to at least 6 million by the end of this year.
”We need to use such drives to reach to reach every area”, Muhanga said. According her, this month, the government is yet to receive another 3.5 doses of Pfizer to vaccinate more people especially the elderly ones and since it is one dose we shall vaccinate a critical mass,’ she added
Nile breweries legal and corporate affairs, Onapito Ekomoloit, said the launched vaccination drive dubbed play your part targets to vaccinate at least Ten thousand people.
In Kampala, the exercise organized at Fig tree gardens and restaurant in Kabalagala, has seen hundreds of people turning up for vaccination.
Onapito further stated that, stake holders in the private sector must champion the COVID-19 vaccination exercise to give no chance to the government of changing its decision of re-open the economy for failure of hitting the targeted number of 4.8million.
The two-day drive is to make the vaccine more accessible to up to 10,000 frontline and vulnerable categories of people, among whom are bar workers, a critical value chain of NBL. Onapito said. In the drive, NBL collaborated with District COVID-19 task forces to make the mobilization and vaccination exercise.
Nagawa Doreen, the manager at Fig tree where vaccination exercise is taking place has urged proprietors and stakeholders in entertainment palaces to encourage their workers to go for COVID-19 jabs.
She said, ever since the lock down business in this sector has been challenged and vaccinating people is the only way for breakthrough.
According to her, they should also not stop at telling their customers to wear masks, washing hands and other sops but rather to become ambassadors in rallying them to go for vaccination.