Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has revealed that fully vaccinated individuals would not be required to wear face masks when they are outdoors provided there are no crowds.
However, elderly aged 50 years and above and people living with co-morbidities irrespective of age are advised to wear a face mask all times whether they are vaccinated or not.
Ms Aceng also added that wearing of face mask when one is indoors or in closed spaces like public transport, shops, schools and offices, among others where two meter- distancing cannot be observed with other individuals, is required whether one is vaccinated or not.
While progress has been made in vaccinating the population, only 48 percent of the targeted population aged 18 years and above are fully vaccinated. Moreover, the current positivity rate is quite low with a recording below 2 percent for the last eight weeks, she added.
Ms Aceng made these remarks while addressing journalists at a Wednesday press briefing in Kampala.
According to her, Uganda has registered 164, 118 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 3,596 deaths since the virus outbreak was confirmed in the country in March 2020.
The minister also said that there is massive drop in the number of admissions at the health facilities. Currently, there are two severely ill Covid-19 patients who were not vaccinated on admission at Mulago National Referral Hospital, and St. Mary’s Hospital, Lacor.
At least 44,734,030 doses of various vaccines have been received in the country through donations and direct procurement by the government, according to the minister.
At total of 15,268, 403 people have so far received the first dose of the vaccine, accounting for 71 percent of the target population of 22 million people While 10,250,742 people are fully vaccinated, accounting for 48 percent of the target population and 59,542 people have received their booster dose,” Ms Aceng explained.
It should be noted that countries can consider adjusting the mandatory requirement of wearing a face mask at all times when the Covid-19 vaccination coverage is at 70 percent of the general population according to World Health Organization recommendations.