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Covid-19: Education Ministry Says 59% of Teachers Have Been Vaccinated

The government’s plan is to immunize all teaching and non-teaching staff, and 330,000 students aged 18 years and above before re-opening schools.
posted onOctober 7, 2021
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The ministry of education and sports said that 59% of teachers in the country had got one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, showing their commitment to resume business.

According to the ministry, as of October 4, 323,072 teachers out of the targeted 550,000 had got the first jab. “So far, 20 percent are fully vaccinated,” the ministry tweeted Wednesday.

The government’s plan is to immunize all teaching and non-teaching staff, and 330,000 students aged 18 years and above before re-opening schools.

President Museveni has said post-secondary institutions of learning will re-open on November 1 while the rest of the learning institutions will resume in January 2022 if the above targets are met.

Uganda has so far acquired over 5.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines and a little over 2.2 million have been used.

In his September 22 address, the President said the country was set to receive over 11.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of November.

Uganda's strategy is to vaccinate 22 million people, translating to 49.8% of the population.

The first phase will cover people with comorbidities that are 18 years and above, elderly aged 50 and above, health workers, teachers, and security personnel. In the second phase, anyone 18 years and above will be immunized and, in the third phase, children below 18 will be immunized.

To re-open businesses like bars and entertainment events, the president said that 4.8 million people in the priority population will have to be vaccinated. The president directed all RDCs, CAOs and DHOs to carry out intensive mobilization for all eligible priority groups to go for vaccination.

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