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(Page updated to include vaccination booking information).
On 30th July, the government published details of how to book a Covid-19 vaccination. It is open to people aged over 50, health workers and others with underlying medical conditions. The Swahili text is available here.
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PUBLIC NOTICE GIVEN VACCINATION-19 VACCINATION IN ALL REGIONS IN THE COUNTRY
The government through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children has started distributing UVIKO-19 vaccines in all regions of the country.
Vaccination allocation was based on the reported cases of patients diagnosed with UVIKO-19, the number of beneficiaries for the priority group as well as the number of vaccines currently available. In addition, the Government through the Medicines and Medical Equipment Authority (TMDA), the Chief Chemist’s Laboratory, the National Central Laboratory and other entities, have all verified and satisfied the safety and quality of these Janssen vaccines from Johnson & Johnson Company in the United States.
Due to the National Vaccine Guidelines for the Vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO), the guidelines for COVAX FACILITY and the lack of industrial vaccine production, these vaccines are CURRENTLY issued in accordance with the priorities of the most vulnerable groups which are
(1) Health sector employees,
(2) adults 50 years of age and above and
(3) people with diseases.
As the Government has pointed out, vaccination for all groups in the country is voluntary or free for every citizen. Since the currently received vaccines do not cover the target groups of all groups in the country, other groups will be vaccinated in the next phase, once they arrive.
The government is expected to provide vaccinations to targeted groups from 3 August 2021, on Tuesday, at 550 service delivery centers in all regions of Mainland Tanzania.
A list of such facilities is also available on the ministry’s website; www.moh.go.tz
All targeted citizens, who want to be vaccinated voluntarily, are required to do the following;
- Check if they are in the current three (3) target groups.
- Preparing a Job ID, NIDA, Driver’s License, Voter, Passport or any other legally recognized ID.
- Booking the vaccination day using your internet / Computer (online) via https://chanjocovid.moh.go.tz or by going directly to the center and registering from Monday 2 August 2021
- Fill in the form of voluntary vaccination,
The Ministry instructs the Chief Regional and District Physicians in the country, to complete all necessary preparations for vaccination, so that by 03 August 2021, immunization will have started at the centers identified in the regions. Due to the need and arrangements of the respective Region, they can increase the number of stations to reduce congestion in facilities.
In addition, in this exercise, citizens, will be registered in our National Immunization System and will be issued with a certificate after vaccination. I also urge that this COVAX FACILITY allocation is prohibited from any hospital (public or private) charging the public any cost in this vaccination exercise and it should be done fairly and fairly to the current beneficiaries.
With the Sixth Phase Government under Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, to achieve vaccination in the country and start vaccinating citizens, the Ministry of Health continues to advise citizens to continue to protect themselves from UVIKO-19 by washing their hands, wearing masks, staying a distance of one meter or more, avoiding congestion and exercise.
Finally, I would like to once again thank our Government of Hon. President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the US government, in facilitating access to these vaccines that have gone through the COVAX program. I also thank all our immunization stakeholders for your significant contributions to achieving access to the vaccine.
In addition, the Government congratulates our Leaders and Citizens who have already responded to the voluntary charging exercise.
Prof. Abel N. Makubi
GENERAL SECRETARY (HEALTH) Dar es Salaam, 30 July 2021
Tanzanian authorities do not currently publish details of coronavirus cases in the country and there is no information about any tracking of the epidemic. Official figures have not been released since April 2020 (and the figures given on most data collection sites are those from that date).
There are no mandated rules for slowing the spread of the virus although frequent hand washing and/or use of sanitiser are advised. There has been no lockdown in Tanzania. At present many people do not wear masks.
Visitors to Tanzania
Travellers to Tanzania are now being asked to complete a health questionnaire online before arrival. This questionnaire can only be completed within 24 hours of intended arrival in the country. Questions include details of your travel to Tanzania (eg flight, seat number), details of other countries you have recently transited, and questions about your health and whether you have been in contact with a sick person. The questionnaire is available at:
Travellers arriving in Tanzania will be asked for a negative RT-PCR Covid test taken within 72 hours of departure for Tanzania. Some passengers (including all from India) may also be asked to take a Rapid Antigen test on arrival at a cost of $25. Further details on these requirements were published on 4th May 2021 in the Travel Advisory No 7, available from the Government Documents link below. The Civil Aviation Circular published on 7th May clarifies further.
Travelling Outside Tanzania
The UK has banned entry to all travellers from Tanzania and anyone who has transited through Tanzania in the previous 10 days (excluding British/Irish nationals & UK residents). This is part of an effort to stop the spread of variants of Covid-19 to the UK. British/Irish nationals & UK residents travelling to the UK from Tanzania are required to quarantine for 10 days after arrival in designated hotels at personal expense (in addition to the requirement for a negative test certificate). Read more…
Most countries now require travellers coming from Tanzania to have received a valid negative Covid-19 test issued not more than 96 or 72 hours before departure from Tanzania. The Tanzania Ministry of Health offers a service to obtain this Covid-19 test certificate. Register at:
Further details on this service can be viewed on the MoH video below (in English) or in the Ministry of Health Testing Guide for Travellers issued on 4th January 2021. A supplementary notice was issued on 27th February 2021.
Local Testing Centres are listed as KCMC, Mawenzi Hospital, Hai District Hospital and Mount Meru Hospital. The test costs US$100 and the Ministry statement says that results will be available within 48 hours.
Both PCR and Rapid tests may be available. In some countries, a negative PCR test may exempt you from quarantine/self-isolation requirements; in others (such as the UK) a negative test is required, but quarantine is also required. Some countries will accept a negative Rapid test for entry, but will still require you to quarantine/self-isolate.
Details on requirements for international travel are also available from the Africa CDC website for Trusted Travel at https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/
The school has developed its own guidelines and practices to safeguard students, teachers and employees. UWC East Africa Covid 19 guidelines are based on research and school best practice including input from UWC International meetings and expert personnel and have been adapted to best fit our climate and campuses here in Tanzania. The school has also published a daily Screening Procedure for all students and employees, as well as procedures to follow in the case of a suspected Covid-19 patient in the school.
Frequent Health Bulletins describing measures taken to protect the health of our students, staff and community are published on this site. Please click here to view all Health Bulletins.
School was open and classes progressed as normal throughout the first semester of 2020/21. Both campuses are currently providing face-to-face teaching as normal. The School is working with medical professionals and the wider UWC movement to continuously evaluate the situation.
Please find below a number of documents issued during 2020/21 by authorities in Tanzania or by UWCEA relating to the Covid 19 pandemic.
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