Kanungu To Starts Vaccination Of School Children Against Covid-19

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

ARUA: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2021

Kanungu district is set to begin vaccination of all school children aged 18 years and above against the novel Coronavirus.

Adams Twaha Mwajuma, the district communication officer, said the Covid-19 task-force took the decision to inoculate school children after receiving a new batch of vaccines on Sunday.

“Yesterday (Sunday), Kanungu district local government received 590 doses of AstraZeneca and 2,408 new doses of Moderna,” he said.

Moderna is a new vaccine being used for the first time and it will be given to those beginning their two-shot vaccination.

Mwajuma clarified that the AstraZeneca vaccines will be administered to people who had already got their first jab of the same type of vaccine.

“The District task-force urges all school going children above 18 years to go for vaccination in their health centres,” he reiterated.

He listed the vaccination centres as Kanyantorogo HC111, Katete HC111, Kayonza HC111, Matanda HC111, Mpungu HC111, Nyamirama HC111, and Rutenga HC111.

The others are Bwindi Community hospital, Kanungu health Centre IV, Kambuga Hospital, Kihiihi health Centre IV and Rugyeyo Community Hospital.

The district has set Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week as days for vaccinating the public against Covid-19.

Mwajuma said the targeted groups including people with chronic illness like diabetes, HIV, cancer and kidney disease as well as teachers, health workers, security personal and elderly people who are 50 years and above and school children will be accorded priority.

“The public is also requested to be more vigilant as there is an increase in the cases being registered as compared to the last months,” he added.

Mwajuma conveyed gratitude from the district task-force chairperson and Resident district commissioner, Hajj Shafiq Sekandi who thanked the teachers in Kanungu for embracing vaccination, leading to recognition of Kanungu district by President Yoweri Museveni during his last address on Covid-19 on September 22.

Kanungu district was third in vaccination performance and Sekandi said he hopes that with cooperation schools would soon open when all teachers and students are fully vaccinated.

 

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