BY JOHNISANI OCAKACON
NWOYA: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021
The Nwoya District health department and the District Covid-19 task-force committee have embarked on a village outreach programme to scale up mass vaccination of communities against Covid-19.
Dr Janeth Oola, the Nwoya District Health Officer, said the exercise kicked off on Thursday and they succeeded in inoculating 700 people on day one.
She said this is a sign that people are willing to take the Covid-19 jabs, only that they find it challenging to go to the designated health centres to receive the vaccine.
“As the district we have received 2,380 doses of Moderna and 380 of AstraZeneca from the ministry of health and our target is to vaccinate anybody from the age of 18 and above, not only the teachers and health workers,” Oola added.
Following the launch of vaccination in the district, Dr Oola said about 3,600 people were vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine which kick started with teachers, health workers, armed forces and the category of people with chronic diseases.
She assured that the exercise will go on until the population in the district who are still missing the benefits of vaccines get vaccinated to reduce new cases of infections.
“People should take up these vaccines and not pay attention to the empty myths about the vaccines. It’s safe and effective and the world health organization has recommended it to be used, and so many people were vaccinated using these same vaccines who are still alive,” she said.
Similarly, the Assistant district health officer and in-charge of immunization, Isaac Okello Wonyima commended the positive reception accorded to the mobile vaccination team by the community members.
He said if the momentum of vaccinating 700 people with Moderna per day is maintained, then after the third day, the Nwoya district will be knocking on the door of the National Medical Stores for more vials.
The district which remains listed as a Coronavirus hot spot currently has 34 active cases being attended to under the home based care approach.