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Kampala runs out of Covid-19 vaccines


Covid-19 vaccination at Makerere University hospital

All Covid-19 vaccination centres in Kampala have run out of vaccines.

URN visited some vaccination sites such as the Kampala Capital City clinic, Kiswa health center III, Bukoto heath center, Naguru General hospital and Kisenyi and found no queues of people waiting for vaccines.

Charles Lweno, a 30-year-old man found at the KCCA clinic says that he was told to return on Tuesday to receive his second jab, but he is disappointed there were no vaccines.

“There’s very bad communication. I was here yesterday and we were told to come back today. We came back and the nurses just looked at us for more than an hour before telling us there were no vaccines,” Lweno said.

According to the Health ministry, a total of 15,000 doses out of the 286,000 donated vaccines were allocated to the 35 vaccination centres in Kampala.

Sheila Ndihukire, the public relations officer at the National Medical Stores (NMS) says, currently there are no AstraZeneca vaccines.

“At the moment, we do not have any vaccines in our stores. We are expecting to get more on Thursday so that we can distribute more vaccines next week,” she said.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the senior public relations officer at the ministry of Health says that people need to be patient because more vaccines are expected soon.

“Kampala does not have vaccines but we are expecting more to arrive any time from now and we shall carry on with vaccination hopefully next week,” Ainebyoona said.

NMS currently has a total of 300,000 Sinovac vaccines, which have been earmarked for organized groups like people working in companies, teachers or associations.

Dr Immaculate Ampaire, the deputy programme manager of the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI) says it’s only Kampala currently reporting shortages.

“So far our reports only show it’s Kampala that is out of vaccines, in other districts they still have. This does not mean that people should not go to those districts to look for vaccines. We are expecting more vaccines and Kampala will likely resume vaccination next week,” Ampaire said.

According to Ampaire, the next vaccination exercise will focus on persons getting their second jab and people in the priority groups that have not received even one jab of the vaccine.

Data from the ministry shows that as of August 16, only 163,346 teachers has received one jab of the vaccine out of the targeted 550,000 targeted group.

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