National Medical Stores (NMS) has this Monday morning delivered the first consignment of Pfizer vaccines to Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono District Vaccine Stores (DVS) as guided by the Ministry of Health.
“NMS will continue to monitor the daily uptake of the Pfizer vaccine in the three districts and will replenish the respective district Vaccine Stores as and when need arises,” said NMS publicist, Sheila Nduhukire in a brief statement today.
“We encourage all Ugandans to come out and get vaccinated,” she added.
The statement follows complaints by sections of the public that despite waiting for long hours at designated vaccination venues, the doses were yet to arrive.
However, Nduhukire said NMS dispatched vaccines as early as 7:00am.
“Please note that NMS delivers vaccines to district vaccine stores, not vaccination centres,” she added.
Government today started an “accelerated COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign” in the Kampala Metropolitan Area, Wakiso and Mukono districts.
A total of 2,976,403 doses for the vaccination campaign have been mobilised for the activity using Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines.
Schools remain closed while social places especially entertainment centres and bars remain closed to prevent spread of the virus.
The COVID-19 prevention measures have negatively impacted the economy, leaving millions struggling to earn a living.
Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine said the focus of the vaccination program is to vaccinate the 4.8 million persons in the priority groups before the end of December as one of the major pillars for safe opening of schools in January 2022 and in preparation for the anticipated third wave.