Uganda records zero-death in fully vaccinated

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker injects the AstraZeneca's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to a woman at the Nationa Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria March 31, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo

A study done by Ugandan scientists has found that vaccination against COVID-19 significantly reduced deaths in the country.

There were no deaths recorded among fully vaccinated patients during the research period.

There were also fewer deaths among those who were partially vaccinated.

The study, conducted between May and July this year used data collected from 1,462 patients admitted at two of the largest COVID-19 treatment centers in the capital, Kampala.

Some were fully vaccinated while others had only received their first dose of AstraZeneca, which was the only vaccine available in the country then.

The researchers from Makerere University, working under the institution’s Research and Innovation and Fund, also found that vaccinated patients were 45 percent less likely to die during hospitalization.

It was done during a period when COVID infections threatened to overwhelm the health system, as the country suffered its second wave.

The study is being published at a time when Uganda is ramping up vaccination of priority populations.

From Monday, teachers and students above 18 years will be offered a vaccine as the government targets a phased reopening of the education sector starting in November.

Uganda has recorded a total of 3,146 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

Nearly 2 million vaccine jabs have so far been given out countrywide.

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