KCCA ANNOUNCES VACCINATION CENTRES FOR TEACHERS
By Joel Mugabi
As a way of boosting efforts geared towards the safe reopening of schools, the Directorate of Education and Social Services (DESS) at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has put in place at least 10 Covid19 vaccination centres for teaching and non-teaching staff members in education institutions to get their jabs.
Both President Yoweri Museveni and his wife, also Education Minister, Janet Kataaha have made it clear that schools would only be reopened after vaccination of staff and learners. In June 2021, the second wave of the Covid19 pandemic disrupted the phased reopening program. While delivering his July 30 address during which he lifted the total lockdown and allowed some sectors to partially resume operations, Museveni said the government would ensure the vaccination of learners and teachers before education institutions can reopen.
Education Minister Ms Museveni has in recent days intensified efforts to rally schools and other institutions of learning to embrace vaccination so that the President can order the reopening of school gates to learners.
Now, KCCA’s DESS unit has worked closely with the Directorate of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) and the Directorate of Administration and Human Resource (DAHR) to make arrangements that will make it possible to prioritize the vaccination of students, teachers and non-teaching staff in Kampala’s public and private education institutions.
At least 10 schools have been designated as vaccination centres for learners and staff in education centres in all the divisions of Kampala. These centres will be at Bat Valley Primary School, Kitante Primary School, Namirembe Infant Primary School, Busega Primary School and St Peter’s Nsambya Primary School.
Others are: St Denis Ssebugwawo SS, Kiswa Primary School, Ntinda Primary School, Makerere University Primary School and St Peter’s Kanyanya Primary School.
“The guidance from DPHE is that these schools will be vaccination centres for Teachers and support staff who are getting the first dose of the vaccine. Those who are due for the second dose should go to the Health Centres in the City,” explained Juliet Namuddu Nambi, the Director Education and Social Services at KCCA in her August 23 letter addressed to all heads of city education institutions. “You are requested to mobilise teachers and support staff in your respective schools, to be vaccinated at the above centres as guided.”
KCCA will also avail at least one counsellor per school or vaccination centre “to provide support to any teacher who may require such services,” added Nambi.
Director Nambi further noted that the first phase of the special vaccination exercise will begin tomorrow August 25 and end on Saturday, August 28. “Should there be a need, the vaccination will continue/resume on Monday, 30th August 2021, the following week. Vaccination shall be on first come first serve basis and coupons will be availed to this effect,” she added.
Nambi further urged heads of education institutions to advise their staff and students to carry their school identity cards, national identity cards or some kind of introduction letter from the school.(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).