Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng says Covid19 vaccines available up to now are not yet authorized for use in persons younger than 18 years of age in whom research is still ongoing.
“If vaccines become available for below the age of 18, the Ministry will update its plan accordingly and inform the public,” she told press Tuesday at ministry of Health headquarters in Wandegeya.
Vaccination will begin on the 10th March 2021.
All persons eligible for vaccination will be required to provide a National Identification Card in the case of Ugandan citizens or a passport in the case of non-Ugandans.
Government Health center IIIs, IVs, District Hospitals, Regional Referral, National Referral Hospitals and specialized Institutions have been designated as vaccination service points in each district and City.
Eligible persons will access their vaccines from any of these points.
Vaccines will be given to eligible persons 8 weeks apart (56 days).
However, this can be extended up to 12 weeks as recommended by WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunizations.
The COVID-19 vaccine is given intramuscularly on the left upper arm – 0.5mls each.
A team of well-trained health workers will be based at the designated service points to provide services.
All health workers from public, Private not for profit and private health facilities will be the first group to receive the vaccines.
This is because they are at the frontline in the response to the COVID19 pandemic and are vulnerable to infection as has been shown by the statistics of infection (1,892) and death among health workers (19).
The second group will be the teachers. All Teachers will be required to access vaccines from the nearest Public Health facility starting from HC III up to a National Referral Hospital.
The third category will be all persons above 50 years of age.
The next category eligible for vaccination are the 18 to 50-year olds who have the following underlying health conditions: hypertension, Diabetes, cancer, organ diseases such as Liver, Kidney or heart disease.
Each category will be alerted on the days on which to report for vaccination.
Health ministry will issue a statutory instrument as is required by the Public Health Act and the immunization Act 2016 for emerging and re-emerging epidemics to guide the vaccination process.
Vaccination will be voluntary upon signing a consent form and will be free of charge.