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Government Seeks Public Support In Teacher and Student Vaccination

Government Seeks Public Support In Teacher And Student Vaccination

The government through the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has appealed to the public to mobilize teachers and students to get vaccinated.

She said this because the two categories are at high infection risk should they open schools.

The government recently announced that to open schools for all students, at least 65% of the teachers must be vaccinated.

Roughly translated to figures, 65% of teachers are about 357,500 teachers.
However, according to statistics, only 38% of the teachers have so far got the vaccine.

This development comes six months after the government kicked off the vaccination run. However, a large number of Ugandans are yet to get the vaccine.

Apparently, the government is struggling to secure vaccines for 21.9 million people.

By far, the country has continued to rely on vaccine donations from the Covax facility and sympathetic nations like India, Norway, France, and China.

The World Health Organization last week appealed to wealthy nations to share the scarce shots with poorer countries.

Janet said that the public should not leave the task of mobilizing teachers and learners for vaccination to the Ministry of Education alone.

‘’As a ministry, we urge all our collaborative stakeholders in the local governments such as district chairpersons and councilors, RDCs and RCCs, CAOs, DEOs among others to go out and sound the trumpet of mobilizing teachers to get the vaccine,’’ she said.

She further appealed to the various fraternity associations that bring together teaching and non-teaching staff.

She told them to encourage these individuals to get their vaccine to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The First Lady said her ministry is working together with the Ministry of Health. This is to align their efforts towards vaccinating teachers and students above 18.

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