Uganda on Tuesday, has suspended its mass COVID-19 vaccination as the country runs short of vaccines. According to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the country awaits more vaccines from different sources and the mass vaccination would resume when the new orders arrive.
“For now, mass vaccination is suspended as we wait to receive more vaccines” Ainebyoona said.
He noted that there are few remaining doses which will be used for priority groups like health workers, the elderly and those with other health conditions.
Last month, the country recollected unused vaccines from some countries and launched mass vaccination in Kampala, the country’s capital, following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.
The country’s President, Yoweri Museveni, on Sunday said Uganda would soon receive 175,000 vaccines of AstraZeneca and the 300,000 doses that were donated by China, adding that the country plans to buy vaccines from China, Russia, Cuba and the Unites States of America.
According to figures shown by the Ministry of Health on Monday, 748,676 people had been vaccinated out of the 964,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that the country received in March.
The country had registered 53,961 COVID-19 cases, with 383 deaths since the first case was reported in March last year.