Covid Update March 2021

We would like to share with you important updates from destination Uganda.

Covid 19 Vaccination in Uganda

Just a quick reminder, Uganda has 40,367 confirmed cases of covid, 19, 334 deaths and 14,989 recoveries with 48% of the cases being on Kampala, the capital city.

We are happy to inform you that Uganda will be receiving its first batch of Covid 19 of the Astrazeneca vaccines on the 5th of March 2021 and will this batch will contain over 864,000 dozes. Vaccination is scheduled to begin on 10th March 2021.

The country aims to vaccinate 49.6% of its population which is about 21,936,000 people in a phased manner. Each phase is planned to cover 20% of the population and the eligible population are those from 18 years and above. 

The target group to be vaccinated on the first phase include the; health workers, security personnel, teachers, persons from 50 years and above and persons with underlying health conditions and other emerging high risk and priority essential groups (airlines, media, tour operators and guides), this is an amazing news for us in the tourism industry.

In the 2nd and 3rd phases, the ministry plans to vaccinate the rest population between 18 -50 years randomly until the planned targeted population of 49.6% is vaccinated.

Designated places for vaccination are Government health centers III’s, IV’s, District hospitals, Regional Referrals, National Referral Hospitals and specialized institutions. 

This is important to note that vaccines will be provided free of charge to the target population and it’s not compulsory therefore individuals will be required to sign a consent letter before vaccination.

Just a reminder from our previous newsletter, it is important to note that Uganda requires a negative PCR Covid test acquired 72 hours before time of travel and a yellow fever vaccinations. Covid testing can now be done at ease at the different designated clinics and facilities in and around Entebbe.

Covid Vaccination in Rwanda

Rwanda received its first batch of Covid 19 vaccines under the Covax facility on March 3. These included 240,000 doses of Astrazeneca and 102,960 doses of Pfizer vaccines. The target group to be vaccinated are the frontline workers in the different Covid health centers, those above 65 years of age and people with underlying health conditions. Many of people have been identified already and will be notified when they will be receiving their doses.

Vaccination is planned to kick start on Friday 5th March in all hospitals and health centers across the country and vaccines will be given in two doses. The country expects to receive its second batch of 500,000 vaccines next week under the Covax facility and plans to vaccinate at least 30% of its population by the end of 2021.

Just like Uganda, all travelers arriving in Rwanda must present a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate performed within 72 hours of departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted. A second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered after 24 hours during which time they will remain in designated hotels at their own cost. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years.