COVID – 19 Situation Update And Adjustments On Travel Restrictions

COVID – 19 Situation Update And Adjustments On Travel Restrictions

COVID – 19 Situation Update And Adjustments On Travel Restrictions: Kampala Uganda, 27th April, 2022: The Ministry of Health in Uganda has updated the general public about the current Covid -19 status and new measures the Country is undertaking in light of the evolving situation of the pandemic.

Since outbreak of the Covid-19 for two years now, Uganda has put up a unified fight against the pandemic in response characterized by numerous achievements and challenges. At the turn of one year, the Country rolled out a Covid-19 vaccination programme that was added to the menu of responses aimed at controlling the disease Countrywide.

Currently, Uganda has registered 164,118 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 3,596 deaths. There has been a massive drop in admission numbers at health facilities. Presently, there are only two severely ill Covid-19 patients on admission at Mulago National Referral Hospital, and St. Mary’s Hospital, Lacor as the both patients are not vaccinated.

The Country has succeeded in sustaining a low transmission rate of Covid-19 with a positive rate of 2% since February 2022. This is majorly attributed to early decisive and sustained measures Government put in place to control the spread of the pandemic and cooperation of all Ugandans to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) plus taking up Covid-19 vaccination.

COVID – 19 Vaccination status

A total of 44,734,030 of various Covid-19 vaccines have been received in the Country through donations, and direct procurements by the Government of Uganda.

A total population of 15,268,403 have received the 1st dose of Covid-19 vaccine accounting for 71% of the targeted 22 million people. While 10,250,742 people are fully vaccinated accounting for 48% of the target population and 59,542 people have received their booster dose.

Breakdown of the mass vaccination roll out exercise and coverage of the topmost priority vulnerable population highlights impressive progress as statistics indicate; Health workers – 127.7%; teachers – 90.2%; and the elderly -80.3%.

Vaccination of children aged 5-17 years

The Ministry will embark on vaccination of secondary school going children to protect them from severe Covid-19. The Pfizer vaccine approved for use in children will be deployed to vaccinate the mentioned age group in a two-dose vaccine, administered 4 weeks apart. Vaccination roll out of this age group will commence at the start of the second term on May 9th, 2022 as current preparations are being made including engagement with the Ministry of Education and Sports on how to effectively implement this exercise.

Amendments to the Travel Restrictions

With guidance from Scientists since outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and in response from two years ago, the Ministry of Health has been instituting and revising travel restrictions for both inbound and outbound international passengers. Despite the varying Covid-19 epidemiology in Uganda, the Ministry of Health has updated travel restrictions and testing requirements for both outbound and arriving travelers.

The Requirement of PC testing by all incoming and outgoing travelers at Entebbe International Airport has been adjusted as follows;

  • All in-bound and out-bound travelers will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, except for travelers aged 5 years and below.
  • Requirement for negative PCR test done within 72 hours pre – boarding for all incoming travelers is suspended with immediate effect for those who are fully vaccinated.
  • Requirement for negative PCR test done within 72 hours for all outbound travelers is suspended with immediate effect for those who are fully vaccinated, except where it is a requirement of the destination or country, or the carrier airline.
  • Travelers with partial or no vaccination will e required to present a negative PCR test upon arrival or departure.

Wearing of face masks

The Ministry of Health advises the public as below;

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear face masks when they are outdoors provided there are no crowds.
  • Wearing of face masks when one is indoors or in closed spaces like public transport, shops, schools and offices etc.…where a 2 meters social distancing can’t be adhered to with other individuals, is required whether one is vaccinated or not.
  • The vulnerable or high-risk population i.e. elderly aged 50 years and above and people living with co-morbidities irrespective of age are advised to wear a face mask at all times whether they are vaccinated or not.
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