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Uganda to Begin Nationwide COVID Vaccinations Wednesday

By VOA Mews March 09, 2021

Uganda launches its national vaccination program on Wednesday, two days after receiving 100,000 additional doses of Covid-19 vaccine donated by the Indian government.

So far, Uganda has received 964,000 doses of the vaccine through donations.

Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng said healthcare workers will be the first to get their shots followed by teachers and those in high risk groups, including the lderly.

The health ministry earlier said Ugandans seeking vaccinations must present a national identification card and non-citizens a passport.

Aceng also warned that vaccination does not mean the public should abandon Covid-19 safety protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Uganda has confirmed nearly 40,500 infections and 334 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University Covid Resource Center.

The guidance is "an important first step," Walensky added, but it's "not our final destination." The risks that vaccinated people can still spread the virus is "an ongoing area of research," she said, adding that the CDC will continue updating the guidance as new information comes in.

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