Ugandan President gets his first jab of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, urges public to do the same

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President Yoweri Museveni gets vaccinated. First Lady Janet Museveni (right). PPU
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Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday received the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination alongside First Lady Janet Museveni at State House Nakasero in Kampala.

“First Lady @JanetMuseveni and I got our Covid-19 vaccine today in Nakasero,”President Museveni said in a tweet.

In a televised address on March 15, President Museveni hinted on how he was still studying the vaccines, however, today, he has urged “all Ugandans who qualify for this vaccination to go to health facilities and get it.”

The President also reminded Ugandans to “keep observing the SoPs; wear masks, wash/sanitise hands and observe social distance, etc”

Uganda started its immunisation programme on Wednesday, March 10th with Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng being the first Ugandan to take the jab at Mulago National Referral Hospital complex in Kampala.

Other prominent people who have so far taken the jab include members of parliament and cabinet Ministers led by Ugandan Premier Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, businessman Sudhir Ruparelia, and First son Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Ugandan Premier, Dr Ruhakana Ruganda gets the Covid jab, Friday, March 26

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According to Dr Aceng, the first phase of vaccination that took place from March 10th till March 19 covered about 950,000 frontline workers that included health workers, security personnel, teachers and journalists.

The Minister revealed that the first 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived Uganda on the 5th of March 2021, were secured courtesy of the COVAX facility. COVAX allocated 3,552,000 doses to Uganda with the remaining doses expected in the country by June 2021.

Africa Tembelea has since learnt 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.

Minister Aceng however said that free COVID-19 vaccination will continue to 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.

By Friday, Uganda had recorded a total of 40,751 cumulative cases, 40,379 recoveries and 335 deaths from 927,238 tests countrywide.

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