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Ministry of Health To Start Mass Vaccination Of Children Against Covid-19 Today

Ministry Of Health To Start Mass Vaccination Of Children Against Covid-19 Today

The Ministry of Health has revealed that it will begin the mass vaccination of children between 12 and 17 against Covid-19 today.

Mr. Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the spokesperson of the Health ministry spoke to the press yesterday. In his address, he appealed to parents to take their children for vaccination saying it is essential for effective control of the pandemic. He also said this will guarantee the continuity of learning.

“The mass vaccination will run from August 22 to September 3. It will be done in health facilities and community outreaches. Parents should take their children to vaccination points because this is a way of ensuring that they are protected from severe disease and death,” he said.

The news of the vaccination comes amidst the continued declining numbers of Covid-19-related infections and deaths. The decline has affected risk perception and exacerbated vaccine hesitancy. This is even among people who are at higher risk of developing severe disease and dying.

On August 11, the WHO said in its interim report said that more focus should be put on adults and people with underlying health issues in terms of vaccination.

The World Health Organization also emphasized that it is “less urgent to vaccinate children”.

“The direct health benefit of vaccinating healthy children and adolescents is lower compared with vaccinating older adults due to the lower incidence of severe Covid-19 and deaths in younger persons,” the WHO said.

The latest data from the Health ministry indicates that the country last reported 3,628 Covid-19 deaths as of August 22. However, despite the decline, health experts have said that the fight against the pandemic is far from over.

The average daily cases stand at 30. This is several times less than over one thousand cases that were reported per day in 2021.

This was at the peak of the second wave of the pandemic. Over 169,000 infections have been reported in the country since the outbreak in 2020.

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