Message from the ambassador to the Dutch community in Uganda
In this first week of 2021 I want to wish everyone, on behalf of all colleagues of the Dutch Embassy, a happy, healthy and beautiful 2021 As far as I’m concerned, 2021 is the year in which we will get COVID-19 under control, together.
A year when we can really meet again, pull out, shake hands. Whether we can celebrate King’s Day in April this year, remains very visible.
Unfortunately, the ‘ traditional ‘ New Year’s reception will not take place this year.
In the Netherlands there has been vaccination against COVID-19 since this week, Uganda will hopefully follow soon.
The vaccines available in the Netherlands will first of all go to the care staff and the needy, to lower the pressure on care. The number of vaccines is currently limited, the release of these is in the hands of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS).
The Dutch embassy in Kampala emphasizes the need for strict adherence to preventive measures, as issued by the Ugandan government, to prevent infection with COVID-19 and to make it through the coming period as safe as possible. Especially as long as there is no vaccine yet and at the same time there has also been an enormous increase in the pressure on care.
The Ugandan Ministry of Health announced last weekend that Uganda will gain access to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, starting with vulnerable groups and those who are most at risk. But it’s not that time yet.
You also know that since December 29, 2020 all passengers have to have a recent negative PCR test declaration to board an aeroplane with the Netherlands as destination. In addition, everyone arriving in the Netherlands is advised to stay quarantined for 10 days.
In addition to the challenges regarding COVID-19, we are also facing the elections in Uganda in the coming time. It’s about a series of elections at different levels, but the highlight is January 14th, where the President’s election is central. We urge you to be careful and alert, on the 14th of January itself, but certainly in the days after.
Keep an eye on local news, avoid large groups of people or election campaigns. There may be violence, unrest and chaos. Also make sure you have enough supplies in your home, such as food and water, and that electricity and fuel are arranged as far as you influence it. It’s possible that there will be a temporary increase in the lockdown.
Stay healthy, be alert. I look forward to being able to meet you in person later this year.