By Solomon Hamala
Journalists will be among the first beneficiaries of the COVID 19 ASTRA ZEENACA vaccination jabs in Kaliro district.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Kaliro, Billy Mulindwa said media personnel interact with several people while executing their duties therefore are at high risk of contracting COVID 19 virus.
Mulindwa said the district intends to immunize over 400,000 people who include security personnel and medical workers during the first campaign in the district today, Wednesday 17th March 2021.
He urged members of the public to remain calm and wait for the second batch of vaccines to be dispatched by government by following the standard operating procedures in a bid to avoid contracting the COVID 19 virus.
Mulindwa said currently due to vigorous campaign by the district COVID 19 task force, all suspects in the isolation center had been discharged after results indicated they were negative.
“We don’t have any suspects in the isolation center just because of the great work exhibited by the task force,” he said.
The District Health Officer (DHO) Kaliro, Doctor Allan Katamba said the district received 30,000 doses of ASTRA ZENACA vaccines from the National Medical Stores for the first immunization.
Katamba cautioned members of the public against spreading malicious propaganda about the vaccine with intent to discourage the population saying they risk being arrested and charged before courts of law for sabotaging government programs.
A team of 30 medical workers have undergone training to conduct the immunization of COVID 19 jabs at five centers across the district.
The LC 5 chairman Kaliro, Wycliffe Ibanda said government officials should also benefit from the first doses since they are exposed to a big number of the population while executing their duties.