By John Ogulei
The Interim Mayor Soroti City Council has finally got his COVID-19 jab as Uganda registers a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Paul Omer got his jab today 27th April 27, 2021 at 13:20hrs at Princess Diana Health Centre IV in Soroti City.
The Ministry of Health recently altered the vaccine roll-out plan and decided to vaccinate 964,000 people. Initially, the Ministry targeted 482,000 people, a number that represented half of the available vaccines.
The Ministry intended to use the vaccines in two rounds, giving each person two shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine, eight weeks apart. But a decision was later made that instead, the vaccines should all be used, while waiting for another shipment which will be used for the second jab. The new decision brought on board new target groups of people to be vaccinated including legislators, staff of parliament and others.
Currently, over 20,000 people including health workers, security officers, journalists, teachers and the elderly have been vaccinated nationwide.
Immediately after getting his jab, Omer said Ugandans need to take available chances to vaccinate given that many lives have been lost since March 2020 when Uganda started registering Covid-19 cases.
“People should ignore the different theories about the vaccine and instead embrace the vaccination exercise,” Omer said.
Uganda received 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility as part of the 3.5 million vaccines donation.
In addition to this, the country is expecting 400,000 more doses as part of the first batch from the Serum Institute of India.
Uganda has registered a total of 41,715 confirmed cases, 40,898 recoveries with 334 deaths out of the 1,008,838 samples tested.