October 20, 2021

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Schools stay closed, universities reopen Nov 1

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President Museveni has directed Post-Secondary institutions of learning to open with effect from 1st November 2021 on condition that; all teachers and non-teaching staff are vaccinated.

The 330,000 students aged 18 years and above in post-secondary institutions should be vaccinated as soon as possible.

The rest of the learning institutions will open in January 2022.

“I call upon all teachers and support staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible to enable safe re-opening of schools,” he said Wednesday night while addressing the nation.

Reopening of schools

Museveni said infections in children below 18 years are often mild and they recover quickly.

 However, many of the 15 million learners are day scholars who once infected, go back home and infect their parents and grandparents that may subsequently die.

This was observed during the second wave.

To avoid a similar scenario, the National Task Force,  on several occasions considered conditions for safe re-opening of schools which included; vaccination of teachers, non-teaching staff, 330,000 students aged 18 years and above, plus all the other priority population.

This was in addition to the rate of transmission in the country.

To-date, out of the targeted 550,000 teachers, 269,945 have already received the 1st dose of vaccination while 96,653 have received the second dose.

This leaves a total of 280,055 not yet vaccinated at all.

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