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NBL’s COVID-19 vaccination number crosses 20,000 mark after Fort Portal event

King Oyo observed the company’s vaccination drive during ‘Ekyooto Ha Mpango’ festival in Fort Portal over the weekend.

Fort Portal, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Nile Breweries vaccination drive dubbed “Play Your Part” has seen 20,065 people vaccinated in 26 districts around Uganda, greatly surpassing the targeted 10,000 by 100%.

The stationery drive was concluded last weekend in Fort Portal, western Uganda during the Ekyooto Ha Mpango festival where 1,050 residents of the district were vaccinated, bringing the total number of vaccinated in Fort Portal alone to 2,200, the second highest after Masaka with 2,510.

Tooro King – Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba observed the vaccination exercise as part of the celebrations of his Tooro Kingdom.

Through the “Play Your Part” vaccination campaign, the brewer supported the ministry of health by setting up walk-in vaccination centres at 26 of its distribution sites and designated spots across the country.

Apart from Fort Portal, the other areas impacted so far are; Arua, Gulu, Lira, Nebbi, Moroto, Soroti, Tororo, Mbale, Kapchorwa, Kasese, Kabale, Mukono, Buikwe, Kampala, Jinja, Masaka, Hoima, Mityana, Kampala, Mbarara, Bugiri, Ntungamo, Bushenyi and Mubende.

David Valencia, the country director for NBL said, “At NBL, we believe in safety first and are committed to safeguarding the health of our employees, customers and communities; as we entered this year, we made a conscious decision to be bold in the actions towards a better world and to lead the private sector in being part of the solution during the pandemic.”

Margaret Muhanga, the state minister for primary health care said, the country needs to use such drives to reach to every area so government can reopen fully the economy come January next year.

The Fort Portal Covid-19 Task Force Chairperson, Rogers Mbabazi encouraged all residents of Fort Portal city to send their friends and relatives to vaccination areas.

“We hope we can have more campaigns like this,” he said in reference to NBL’s activity.

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