Sudhir Ruparelia, the Ruparelia Group founder and billionaire philanthropist, received the first shot of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine today, Africa Tembelea can confirm.
Sudhir, 65, was on Thursday March 25 vaccinated at UMC Victoria Hospital in Bukoto, which is one of the designated vaccination sites in Kampala. The billionaire falls under the category of people aged over 50, who are considered most at risk of contracting the virus.
Speaking to Africa Tembelea, Sudhir said he was excited to get the jab and urged all Ugandans to do so when the opportunity is available.
Uganda started its immunisation programme on Wednesday, March 10th at the Mulago National Referral Hospital complex in Kampala.
Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, who was the first Ugandan to take the jab, noted then that the first phase of vaccination would be on till March 19, and was estimated to cover about 950,000 frontline workers including health workers, security personnel, teachers and journalists.
The first 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that were secured courtesy of the COVAX facility, arrived Uganda on the 5th of March 2021.
According to Dr Aceng, COVAX allocated 3,552,000 doses to Uganda with the remaining doses expected in the country by June 2021.
She also revealed that, a second batch of 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived in the country on March 7, were a donation from the government of India.
Dr Aceng however says that the free COVID-19 vaccination in the country will be done ‘in a staggered manner’, with majority of Ugandans having to wait longer to receive the jabs due to high demand of the vaccine worldwide.
“The public should be patient as we follow the schedule of the vaccination programme and they should also turn up for the vaccination whenever a schedule is announced,” she said.
By Thursday, Uganda had recorded a total of 40,734 cumulative cases, 15,147 recoveries and 334 deaths from 924, 770 tests countrywide.