Greetings from Uganda.
This is an update on what is happening in Uganda amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Much as tourism came to a standstill and numerous accommodation suppliers had to temporarily close, the current statistics stand as follows; there are over 40,464 confirmed cases, 15,065 cumulative Ugandan recoveries, 891,637 samples tested and 24,997,096 masks distributed. On the bright side, a vaccine has been availed to the country to enable people go about with their normal activities without any further tormenting.
A number of measures have been set in place in protected areas by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to protect visitors, staff and protect Uganda’s wildlife heritage. As Njugu Tours, we observe Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) so as to ensure safety of our clients.
Update on COVID-19 vaccination in Uganda
On 2nd March 2021, the Ministry of Health updated the general public on the progress of the plans to roll out vaccination against COVID-19 in Uganda. The ministry is finalizing the preparations to start vaccination against COVID-19 with the arrival of the initial batch of 864,000 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccines on the 5th of March 2021 and vaccination scheduled to begin on the 10th March 2021.
The target population for vaccination is 49.6% which is about 21,936,011 people in a phased manner. Each phase is planned to cover 20% of the population which is about 4,387,202 people. The first phase will target health workers, security personnel, teachers, persons from the age of 50 years and above, people with under lying health conditions from the age of 50 years and below and other emerging high risk and priority essential groups (airlines, tour operators and guides, media, prisoners, bankers, immigration officers, humanitarian workers and others to be identified).
All International travelers are required to have a COVID-19 negative certificate taken within 12O hours before departure or arrival in Uganda and NOT within 72 hours as has been the case. Please note that the 120 hours begins on the day the sample is collected for testing. A yellow fever vaccination (vaccine received atleast 10 days ago) and Hepatitis certificates prior to entry into Uganda are mandatory and not forgetting carrying Malaria Prophylactic drugs and a mosquito repellant.