For Free Covid-19 Vaccination to Drivers Cross Borders

21st May 2021


Dear Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng
State Minister for Health (General Duties)

Kenya Transporters Association, takes this opportunity to thank The President of Uganda, His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for Uganda’s initiative to give free Covid -19 vaccination to truck drivers regardless of their nationality and age cross the borders into Uganda.

Since the start of the pandemic, truck drivers have continually served regional economies by delivering essential transportation services of medicines, food and other commodities even with the numerous challenges presented by COVID-19 protocols and risks to life.

We also thank the Ministry of Health Uganda for prioritising to vaccinate this important section of the population for FREE. Covid-19 does not recognise borders. We are one region and we depend on each other.

Our conversations with Port Health Uganda indicate that if/when 80% of drivers crossing the borders are vaccinated ,there may be a chance to stop Covid-19 testing of drivers crossing the borders.

On behalf of all Kenya Transporters and drivers, we say, THANK YOU TO THE UGANDA GOVERNMENT

We hope the Kenya Government will soon prioritise and have enough vaccines for the Kenya long distance drivers who form the majority of drivers crossing into Uganda and the EAC region in general.

Mercy Ireri,
Chief Operations Officer

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