Hundreds of Ugandans on Monday turned up for the COVID-19 vaccination at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds following the ministry of health announcement on Sunday that effective Monday 31, vaccination will be taking place at Kololo from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
This follows the rise in the number of Ugandans seeking to get vaccinated against COVID-19 forcing the health ministry to shift the exercise from its headquarters in Wandegeya to the more spacious Kololo grounds.
Dr. Daniel Kyabayinze says the government has a goal of vaccinating at least 49.6% of the Ugandan population, which is about 21,936,011 people.
This is being done in a phased manner, with each phase planned to cover 20% of the population.
Currently, Uganda is in the second phase of its vaccination program with categories that have so far been vaccinated include health workers, teachers.
Others include security personnel, humanitarian frontline workers, and people above 50 years with underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart, kidney or liver disease.
People aged 18-50 with the same underlying conditions have also been vaccinated, as well as other emerging high-risk and priority essential groups.
This is happening as more vaccine doses are expected to arrive in the country.
Outside Kampala, the vaccinations are taking place at designated public health facilities, including health center IIIs, IVs, general hospitals and regional referral hospitals.
Uganda has recently seen a sharp rise in infections which is beginning to worry health experts thus the need to put in place extra measures to curb the spread of the virus.
The health ministry says the number of severely and critically ill COVID-19 patients is rising much faster than during the first wave.