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Teachers, learners above 18 years to get covid jabs ahead of schools reopening

A Teacher in Uganda attends to learners in a social distanced environment with other Covid SOPs observed (Photo: Unicef)

The Education Minister who is also the First Lady, Mrs. Janet Museveni has asked teachers and learners aged 18 and above, to get vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of a proposed phased reopening of schools.

In a press release issued yesterday, the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni called for mobilization of learners above 18 years of age in addition to teaching and critical non-teaching staff so that they are vaccinated.

“As the ministry of education and sports, we have engaged with our sister ministry, the ministry of health to align our efforts towards getting teachers and learners above 18 years of age vaccinated,” Janet Museveni said.

The Minister added that education institutions of learning shall remain closed for some time until certain conditions are attended to. These among others include; getting all teaching staff and learners aged 12 to 18 years vaccinated.

She urged stakeholders in local governments including political leaders, DEOs, RDCs, among others to mobilize the said categories of people to go for vaccination.

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According to the minister, the move to have both categories vaccinated will determine the reopening of schools and higher institutions of learning.

209,336 school staff have received their first jab according to the ministry of health statistics shared last week.

Despite the easing of the lockdown, education institutions are among the crucial sectors that remain closed as government claimed that they are still looking for safer ways of reopening them in a phased manner.


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