KAMPALA, 9 June 2021 – Uganda has suspended mass vaccination against COVID-19 as the nation awaits to receive more vaccines from different sources, officials said Tuesday.
“For now mass vaccination is suspended as we wait to receive more vaccines,” the New China News Agency (Xinhua) said Tuesday, citing the spokesperson of Uganda’s Ministry of Health, Emmanuel Ainebyoona.
The few doses left will be devoted to priority groups like healthcare workers, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions.
As of last Monday, 748,676 people had been vaccinated out of the 964,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that the country received in March.
Last May, the country’s ministry of health recalled unused COVID-19 vaccine doses from health facilities across the country for use in heavily populated, mostly urban centers.
On Sunday, President Yoweri Museveni said the country would soon receive 175,000 vaccines of AstraZeneca and the 300,000 doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine, donated by Beijing.
Uganda is also planning to buy vaccines from China, Russia, Cuba, and the United States of America, President Museveni added on Sunday.
As of Tuesday, Ugandan public health officials had confirmed 53,961 COVID-19 cases with 383 fatalities ever since the first case was confirmed in March 2020, according to data from the World Health Organization and the Johns Hopkins University Hospital.