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All Students Above The Age Of 18Years Should Be Prioritized For Vaccination

All Students Above Age Of 18 Years Should Be Prioritized For Vaccination – Ministry Of Health

The ministry of health has written a letter to all district commissioners directing them to prioritize the vaccination of all students above the age of 18 years.

Apparently, teachers have been on the front line of vaccination but students should join in too and this should be done by the end of September.

“Going forward, all students above the age of 18 years should now be prioritised and vaccinated as a precondition to going back to school,” the letter read.

Dr. Henry. G. Mwebesa, Director general services in the letter said they should take vaccination as a matter of urgency.

He therefore directed district task forces to mobilize teachers, non-teaching staff, support staff and students for vaccination. Apparently 237,930 teachers have got the vaccine away from the 550,000 target number.

“To date only 237,930 (43.3%) have been vaccinated across the country and a mere 88,825 (16%) have received their second dose out of a target of about 550,000. This is still very low to allow for safe re-opening of schools. We note on the other hand that a number of districts have adequate stocks of vaccines…”

He said that the government is discussing how they are going to re-open schools. However, in all this, vaccination is going to be major in consideration of this move.

Meanwhile, there is news making rounds that universities are to open in November. On the other hand, primary and secondary school may have to wait till January 2022.

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