The arrival of the initial batch of 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines will be on the 5th of March 2021 and vaccination scheduled to begin on the 10th March 2021.
Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng says Uganda targets to vaccinate 49.6% of the population which is about 21,936,011 people, in a phased manner.
Each phase is planned to cover 20% of the population which is about 4,387,202 people.
The eligible population lies in the age range of 18 years and above.
In the context of global pressure on vaccine stocks,the priority persons to be vaccinated is guided by the occupational risk of infection,risk of developing severe disease,death from COVID- 19,and population characteristics (age,gender and geographical location).
Phase 1 of the vaccination exercise will focus on:
• Health workers (Public, Private Not for Profit (PNFP) and Private for Profit (PFP)) estimated at 150,000
• Security personnel (UPDF, Police, Prisons); estimated at 250,000
• Teachers (Public and Private) among other essential social service providers; 550,000
• Persons from the age 50 years and above, estimated at 3,348500
• Persons with underlying health conditions aged below 50 years, estimated at 500,000.
In Phases 2 and 3 of the COVID-19 vaccination program, the Ministry will roll out the vaccination program to age groups between 18 and 50 years in a staggered manner until 49.6% of the Ugandan population is vaccinated.
This will be guided by the local epidemiology of the disease.
COVID-19 vaccines are new and additional information keeps emerging to guide the planning for vaccination; this includes the criteria for targeting population groups.
The revised target population for vaccination in Uganda stands at 21,936,011 persons equivalent to 49.6% of population of Uganda compared with the target population earlier communicated (60% and 27,000,000 people) in line with WHO and Africa CDC global guidance.
The reduction is the result of the adjustment of target age group from 16 to 18 years for the AstraZeneca vaccine and the young population structure of Uganda where only 49.6% are above 18 years of age.