National Medical Stores (NMS) has stepped up efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, mandating all staff and visitors to present proof of full vaccination before admission into the NMS premises.
In a press statement issued on Thursday, NMS Principal Public Relations Officer, Sheila Nduhukire, said that the move is in line with the Government of Uganda directive to ensure vaccination of all eligible Ugandans as a condition for full reopening of the economy.
“As a government agency mandated to buy, store and distribute medicines (including Covid-19 Vaccines), we are leading by example and ensuring that all our staff and visitors coming to our premises are fully vaccinated to comply with the President’s directive on full covid-19 vaccination. We, therefore, expect all our staff and visitors to comply with these new measures to avoid any inconveniences,” Nduhukire said.
At the onset of the vaccination exercise, NMS organized vaccination campaigns internally for all staff, casual laborers, cleaners and security guards who consented.
“Management resolved that all individuals who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 should present aCovid-19 negative PCR test result taken not more than 72 hours,” Nduhukire revealed.
To date, the Government of Uganda has received 5,690,363 Covid-19 doses, of which 2,378,171 doses have been utilized countrywide.
At least 2,080,594 are currently being distributed across the country.
The new NMS directive requiring all staff to present proof of vaccination takes effect immediately, while the notice to visitors comes into effect on Monday, 18th October 2021.
“With Covid-19 vaccines now available in the country, we urge all Ugandans to ensure that they receive their Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible; this is the only quickest way to have our entire economy open up, our children go back to school and celebrate together in our various places of worship,” Nduhukire noted.