President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni yesterday while addressing the country about matters of national importance promised to fully open up the whole Uganda’s economy in January 2022.
This was after him confirming that by December, a total of 23 million doses of the covid vaccines will have been received and that these will be able to vaccinate at least 12 million people.
“We shall be able to open schools and the rest of the economy by January 2022 with rational safety. Whether people go for vaccination or not, we shall still reopen the economy but if anything goes wrong, the moral responsibility is yours,” Museveni said.
In the recent past, he said that the full reopening of the economy was tagged on vaccination of a sizeable number of the population,.
Later on Thursday, President Museveni said government will reopen no matter the vaccination status.
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In the past, there have been calls from various stakeholders onto government to reopen Uganda’s economy but the president had stuck to his guns.
“Many of the vaccines needed to vaccinate the 12 million are now available. By end of December more than 12 will have been vaccinated out of the 21 who should be vaccinated. Within 12million are 4.8 million who are to act as fire break,” he said.
However According to the president, among the 12 million will be the 4.8 million frontline workers like security personnel, teachers, non-teaching staff in education institutions.
Medical personnel too and those who are vulnerable including market workers, bar workers, students at universities, adults above 58 years and those with underlying illnesses.
The president further says that he doesn’t believe that Ugandans are refusing to get vaccinated but rather they are just not told.
“I now want to inform you that vaccines are available at the health centres. I am telling Ugandans that vaccines for frontline workers and other categories are available. Go to health center IIIs and get vaccinated,” he added on.
On addition to all this, the president asked sub county chiefs, GISOs and Chief Administrative Officers to ensure they mobilize the population to get vaccinated.