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COVID-19: Over 50% of Teachers still Unvaccinated as Gov’t Ponders to Reopen Schools

posted onSeptember 18, 2021

Government is still concerned with the low rates at which teachers and non-teaching staff are responding to COVID-19 vaccination.

Recently, the Minister of Education, First Lady Janet Museveni revealed that government will consider reopening schools only after all teaching and non-teaching staff including students in tertiary institutions have been vaccinated.

However, according to Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services, less than half of the targeted teaching and non-teaching staff have so far received the jabs.

“To date, only about 237,930 (43.3%) have been vaccinated across the country and a mere 88,825 (16%) have received their second dose out of a target of about 550,000. This is still very low to allow for safe re-opening of schools,” Dr. Mwebesa said.

Mwebesa in his letter addressed to RDCs in the country, has reminded the district leaders to prioritize the vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff including students above 18years of age. He urged the District taskforce to utilize the district structures to mobilize all teachers, non-teaching staff, support staff and students to go for COVID-19 vaccination as a matter of urgency.

“Going forward, all students above 18years should be prioritized and vaccinated as a precondition to going back to school,” he said. He further called upon district health teams and implementing partners to plan and conduct targeted outreaches for the teachers and non-teaching staff in the most convenient and accessible places before end of September 2021.

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