Uganda starts second phase of COVID-19 vaccination

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A nurse prepares to administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a man at the Bwama Health Centre III in Western Uganda, Wednesday April 28, 2021. Uganda government has embarked on vaccinating people in hard to reach areas., Remote islands in Uganda have tested the efforts of health officials delivering COVID-19 vaccine doses as global efforts to access hard-to-reach areas continue. (AP Photo/Patrick Onen)

Uganda on Friday started the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

A nurse prepares to administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to a man at the Bwama Health Centre III in Western Uganda, Wednesday April 28, 2021. Uganda government has embarked on vaccinating people in hard to reach areas., Remote islands in Uganda have tested the efforts of health officials delivering COVID-19 vaccine doses as global efforts to access hard-to-reach areas continue. (AP Photo/Patrick Onen)

Health minister Ruth Aceng, foreign minister Sam Kutesa and World Health Organization representative in Uganda Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam were among those who received their second shot of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the ministry of health headquarters in the capital, Kampala.

“The ministry of health advises all those who received their first dose and completed eight weeks to visit the nearest vaccination facility for their second. The vaccine is safe and effective,” Aceng said after getting her second jab.

On March 10, Uganda launched the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination, targeting high-risk groups such as health workers, teachers, social workers, security personnel, the elderly, and those with underlying medical conditions.

As of Thursday, Uganda had inoculated 472,617 people against COVID-19, a majority of them in Kampala.

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