#Covid-19 vaccine

Uganda expects to obtain the first batch of #Covid-19 vaccine by May or June 2021, the government has said.

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba revealed this on Sunday through a press statement where she called upon Ugandans continue being vigilant to the point when the vaccines become available.

“Uganda expects to obtain the first batch of #Covid-19 vaccine by May or June 2021. Priority will be given to front-line medical workers, the elderly and people with existing health conditions,” Nabakooba said.

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She also announced that there will not be a lockdown during the festive season, but warned the public to maintain Standard Operating Procedures.

“There will not be any lockdown during the festive season apart from the existing curfew and other SOPS. However I call upon everyone to be extra careful. As you head out to celebrate X-mas keep safe by following SOPs issued by Ministry of Health,” she urged Ugandans.

Nabakooba said that concerts and discotheques are still under lockdown and will not operate and encouraged the public to be aware that the deadly virus is still here as they celebrate Christmas.

“Discotheques and music concerts are still under lockdown and not allowed to operate. For those travelling, ensure that you follow all the guidance on masks and social distancing,” she said.

She called upon all leaders in the markets to restore the hand washing facilities that existed earlier in the year.

“Market leaders should also restore hand washing facilities. I know people will be rushing to the salons for haircuts, all those using public taxis and buses, take extra caution,” Nabakooba said.

Uganda is currently at stage four of the Coronavirus pandemic with the health systems overstretched by the daily rising infections.