Kwania, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kwania district has embarked on the door to door mobilization to boost the COVID-19 vaccination uptake in the district. The district began vaccination in March this year after receiving 2,620 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the health ministry.
The exercise commenced with the vaccination of frontline personnel including health workers, teachers, police officers, the elderly, prison staff and journalists among others.
However, only 269 people have so far received their second and first doses out of the targeted 14,000 people according to a report by the district health department.
Dr Moses Ebong, the Kwania District Health Officer blames the poor turn up for the COVID-19 vaccination for negative information on social media.
He says that they have trained 175 health workers and Village Health Teams (VHTs) that will be distributed in all sub-counties asking the public to disregard the negative social media report and turn up for vaccination.
Joan Abutu, the Kwanai District Education and Health Secretary says that they have continued registering a poor turn up despite sufficient sensitization, a move she said has prompted them to embark on the door to door vaccination campaign. Besides the door to door campaign, Abutu noted that vaccination is taking place in all health centres in the district.
Geoffrey Alex Ogwal, the Kwania district LC V chairman is optimistic that many will get vaccinated within the set time frame to facilitate school reopening, now that they have launched the door to door outreach strategy. He asked the public to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines instituted by the ministry of health in order to eliminate the spread of the virus.
Residents who spoke to our reporter welcomed the move with excitement. Jimmy Odongo said he was disappointed when he visited Aduku health center IV last week for the vaccination but returned home unvaccinated since many were struggling for the vaccine.
Uganda predominantly started vaccinating its population against Covid-19 with AstraZeneca in March this year.