Uganda’s National Medical Stores mandates COVID-19 vaccination for employees, visitors

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Uganda rolled out its mass vaccination drive in March 2021, with the aim of containing further spread of COVID-19 (Photo by Luke Dray / Getty Images via CFP) 

Starting Monday, October 18, employees and visitors to Uganda’s National Medical Stores (NMS) will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before accessing the premises, the body’s Principal Public Relations Officer, Sheila Nduhukire, said.

The move is aimed at enabling the body to become fully compliant with a government policy on vaccination as a measure of curbing further spread of the virus.

“As a government agency mandated to buy, store and distribute medicines, including COVID-19 vaccines, it is only right that we lead by example. And that is why we have requested all our employees to present proof of vaccination with immediate effect and all visitors coming to NMS premises starting on Monday, 18th,” said Nduhukire.

“We are doing this because we want to encourage Ugandans to take the vaccine, but also to do our part to protect those that have already chosen the prevention route, which is getting vaccinated, so that they reduce the severity of the disease,” she added.

The East African country rolled out its mass vaccination drive in March, with the aim of containing further spread of the virus.

By Saturday, the total number of doses administered stood at 2,459,038.

The country has so far reported 125,094 confirmed cases of the virus with 3,182 fatalities, according to the latest data from the health ministry.

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