Uganda will today receive the second batch of Covid-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Tuesday.
The batch, which was donated by the French government, contains 175,200 doses, according to WHO Uganda. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) offered the logistical support to ship the vaccines into the country.
Uganda secured the first batch, containing 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 5 and it was shipped via the COVAX facility—the world’s facility for universal access to COVID-19 vaccines Uganda targets to vaccinate 49.6 percent of the population, which is about 21,936,011, in a phased manner.
Each phase is planned to cover 20 percent of the population – approximately 4.38 million people.
The first phase of the vaccination will target health workers in public and private health facilities who by the nature of their work are at higher risk of contracting the disease compared to other categories of people.
Other target groups in order of priority are security personnel; teachers; humanitarian front-line workers, people above 50 years with underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart, kidney, or liver disease; people aged 18-50 with the same underlying conditions; and other emerging high risk and priority essential groups as more vaccine doses arrive in the country.
So far, 803,797 people have been vaccinated as per data from the ministry of health.