TRAVEL, SCHOOL REOPENING REGULATIONS COMPEL PEOPLE TO VACCINATE IN HOIMA

Residents queuing at a vaccination centre in Hoima. PHOTO BY CHRIS FRANK

BY CHRIS FRANK

HOIMA: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 05, 2022

There were long queues at some health facilities in Hoima City as strict regulations for travelers and reopening of schools announced by the government have compelled people to get vaccinated.

The police at the beginning of this week announced that all travelers on taxis and buses must present a valid vaccination card before being allowed to board public transport vehicles.

Vaccination cards are also mandatory for parents to register their children at the various schools ahead of the reopening starting on Monday next week.

On Tuesday, Beatrice Mbabazi a nurse at D. H.O health center II in Hoima City disclosed that they registered unusually high number of clients turning up for Covid-19 vaccination following the new regulations on travels.

She says that unlike the previous days where the number has been low this time it has increased.

Mbabazi said majority of people who turned up today were bodaboda (bicycle taxi riders), drivers and the youth who had earlier feared to be vaccinated due false propaganda.

The district health officer for Hoima, Lawrence Tumusiime, said that trn up and new impetus by the people to vaccinate was a good thing to contain Covid-19 pandemic.

He informed the people of the availability of vaccines at the district and the city, saying that new consignment arrived on Monday consisting of 3,210 AstraZeneca and 2,820 Sinovac dose’s which were being sent to different health facilities.

Tumusiime added that Johnson and Johnson vaccines were still plenty in all health facilities in Hoima and called on the population to get vaccinated.

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