To prevent the epidemic and ensure that education is uninterrupted, the government of Uganda has announced that mass vaccination campaigns against Covid-19 will begin on August 22 targeting children aged 12 to 17.
According to Dr. Michael Baganizi, the deputy manager of the Uganda National Expanded Immunization Program (UNEPI), more than 1.2 million children in the age range of 12-17 have received vaccinations to date and the goal is 6.6 million people. Children who were in the village, came with their parents for the vaccination, or had their parents give consent for the vaccination were the ones that received the shots.
He added: “This new drive, which runs from August 22 to September 3, is to give children who were in boarding school the opportunity to be vaccinated. They were not vaccinated because they couldn’t access their parents.”
Parents and activists have, however, expressed worry about the safety of the vaccines, with some claiming that the dangers of having negative reactions to immunization exceed the advantages. The argument, according to the Ministry of Health, is false, malicious, and illogical.
The Ministry of Health has so far acquired 11.7 million doses of Pfizer but the ministry couldn’t provide the exact number of doses that are currently in stock as some were used already.
The government in June banned the vaccination of children in schools and advised parents who are interested in vaccinating their children to take them to hospitals and other designated centers.
This directive came after complaints from parents that their children were being vaccinated in schools without their consent.