Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | More than 300 people have so far received the COVID-19 jab at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital. Those that have been vaccinated include health workers, teachers, security officers and the elderly.
According to Dr John Kalyesubula, the medical officer at Entebbe Municipal Council, 378 people have so far been vaccinated out of a stock of 740 vaccine doses delivered at the hospital.
“The exercise is voluntary. That is why we have a daily average of less than 40 people vaccinated,” Kalyesubula said.
Muhammad Mubiru, the Principal Hospital Administrator, says the uptake has been fairly good among the hospital’s medics and the community. The hospital initially received 200 doses and got additional 540 doses from the Wakiso district.
Unlike in some of the vaccination centres across the country where there are hardly any people turning up for vaccination, at Entebbe, at least five people queue up every hour to receive the jab.
Enoch Shiloba, a hygienist at the hospital got the jab at the launch. He says he did not experience any side effects. However, some of his colleagues developed headache and fever after vaccination. //Cue in:’I didn’t react… Cue out:…they were done.”//
Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital has been at the forefront of the management of covid-19. Last year, the Hospital shut down all departments to focus on COVID-19 patients.