Ministry of Education warns about continued closure of schools as numbers of vaccinated Ugandans remain low

Posted: 2021-10-20T14:09:49Z
Ministry of Education warns about continued closure of schools as numbers of vaccinated Ugandans remain low

The Ministry of Education is concerned about the slow pace of vaccination of elderly persons which could hinder the reopening of schools.


President Yoweri Museveni in his last national address said he was aware that Covid-19 is not very lethal among children but the majority of the schools in Uganda are day schools which poses a risk to adults with whom the children live. 


He said it’s very crucial that before schools reopen, the country must first vaccinate 4.8 million people in the vulnerable category including teachers support staff and all learners above the age of 18.  


However, Dennis Mugimba the Ministry of Education spokesperson says that although President Museveni announced the dates for reopening of tertiary schools, this could change in case the priority categories of people tagged on the reopening do not embrace the vaccination exercise.


He noted that the vaccination rate for the elderly has remained at 10% for the past three weeks.


The government targets to vaccinate 550,000 teachers across the country and so far only 346,500 have received their first dose while those that have received the second jab are 115,000, including those who received the Johnson and Johnson.


The Assistant Commissioner in charge of Vaccines and Immunization at the Ministry of Health Dr Alfred Driwale says that the 700,000 Covid-19 doses of Sinovac from China will be specifically for teachers.


Ministry of Health records indicate that by October 4, only 2.4 million Ugandans had been vaccinated.