Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday that all schools will be allowed to reopen once all teachers have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
President Yoweri Museveni Sunday said that all schools will be allowed to reoperate once all teachers have been vaccinated for the COVID-19.
“All schools and institutions of higher learning to close for 42 days effective 8 AM 7th June 2021. All teachers are to be fully vaccinated before they are accepted in schools,” the president remarked as he gave an update on the COVID-19 status in the country.
He said the second wave of the virus has come with even higher intensity than the previous one with a bigger number of youths being the most affected.
“In this wave, the intensity of the severe and critical cases is higher than what we experienced in the first wave. In the beginning, it took about 4 months to get the numbers we are getting now,” Museveni said.
“The most affected age group in this wave are young people between 20 and 39 years old. When the problem started, the belief was that the group in trouble were the constituents of Gidudu, the Member of Parliament of the aged.”
In addition, he noted that before, the cases were not very many among school-going children but with this type of wave, schools have become an epicentre for the virus.
As a result, the president noted that the lockdown was inevitable because the situation was expected to even escalate in the coming weeks.
“Last year, I sent 15 million children home and we didn’t hear many infections in children. Now, schools have become an epicenter for the virus.There is an increased number of clusters of infections in schools since March 2021. This situation is expected to further escalate as a result of reluctance by the population to follow the SOPs and my directives,” the president noted.
Meanwhile, he raised that the government is speeding up efforts to secure additional vaccines to ensure that all targeted groups including teachers are vaccinated to allow for the commencement of school activities.
“The government is committed to vaccinating all eligible Ugandans starting with the priority groups. We are making efforts to secure additional vaccines to cover all the targeted groups.”
He, however, reminded the general public to observe all the necessary Standard Operating Procedures in place including maintaining strict hygiene, social distancing, and use of face masks aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19.