Uganda Receives 196,800 Doses of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine (1)
Ms Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, received the consignment alongside Mr Kudakwashe Matereke, Regional Chief Operating Officer at Afrexim Bank. FILE PHOTO

Uganda received 196,800 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine procured with government funds on Thursday.

A total of 196,800 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine procured with funding from the government of Uganda Thursday arrived into the country. 

The consignment was officially received by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine and Regional Chief Operating Officer Afrexim Bank Mr Kudakwashe Matereke.

In a statement, Dr Atwine said the government released a total of Shs120 billion to the Ministry and National Medical Stores (NMS) for the procurement and handling of Covid vaccines.

She said the country expects to receive 9 million doses of the government procured Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine. 

According to Dr Atwine, this not only helps but also boost the rate of vaccination in the country.

“Government has ordered a total of 9 million doses of J&J vaccines through the African Union (AU) / African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) initiative to the tune of Shs290. These vaccines will be delivered in a phased manner to support the ongoing mass Covid-19 vaccination program,” Atwine said.

“This vaccine will be administered as a single dose to the priority groups who have not received any Covid-19 vaccine to date,” she added.

Meanwhile, she revealed that the government has so disbursed sh55.8b as a down payment to fund the procurement of the said vaccines.

“Shs55.8 billion was disbursed as a down payment to access the J&J vaccine, Shs50.4 billion has been released to procure 2,060,400 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine expected early December 2021 as part of the order of 17,829,400 doses that Uganda placed with COVAX facility.” 

“To date, we have received 5,690,363 doses of Covid-19 vaccines comprising of AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Moderna, Pfizer and now J&J. Of these, 2,282,414 doses have been administered while 2,080,594 are currently being distributed countrywide. Of the administered doses, 1,704,279 people have received their first dose and 578,135 people have got their second dose,” Atwine revealed.

Uganda Receives 196,800 Doses of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine (1)
Ms Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, received the consignment alongside Mr Kudakwashe Matereke, Regional Chief Operating Officer at Afrexim Bank. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, the vaccination numbers in the country have risen in recent weeks hitting 2,282,414 dozes that have so far been administered.

This, however, comes at a time when the virus also continues to spread countrywide after the ministry announced 183 new cases from COVID-19 tests done on 6 October 2021 pushing the cumulative confirmed cases to 124,437.

The ministry also confirmed two new deaths pushing the death tally to 3,172. As of today, 96,237 individuals have since recovered from the virus.