By Steven Enatu
The Covid19 Focal Point Person for Teso Region has encouraged the Teso community who fall within the categories of people being vaccinated against covid19 to go and receive the jab.
Dr. Wilson Etolu who spoke to this reporter in an exclusive interview yesterday 19th April 2021 said the vaccine is safe giving himself as an example of one who has taken the jab without getting any complications.
According to Dr. Etolu, the vaccine is very safe and everyone targeted in the first phase should ignore the unproven allegations against the vaccine and go get vaccinated.
“Many people including me have been vaccinated and we are here safe. So far since the vaccine was launched on the 18th last month, 1500 have been vaccinated at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital and we have not registered any complaint,” Dr. Etolu said.
Health care providers, security personnel, teachers, journalists, persons aged 50 years and above and those with underlying health conditions are the first targeted to benefit from phase one of the vaccination.
However as the country broadens COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts, many people within the community are shying away from the jab in fear of the alleged side effects, including allergic reactions and long-term consequences.
Meanwhile, Uganda will import more 5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines next month after the discovery of new COVID-19 variants in the country, President Yoweri Museveni has said.
In a televised address to the nation late Friday, Museveni said the vaccines will be used to vaccinate at least 80 percent of the 5.5 million elderly and people below 50 years, with underlying medical conditions that are at high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.
Uganda targets to vaccinate more than 21.9 million people who face the highest risk of the infection.
“The government is working hard to ensure we bring another 5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine before the end of May to complete the threshold vaccination and ensure that those vaccinated before get the second booster dose,” said Museveni.
As of today, data found on the Ministry of Health website indicates that Uganda has a total of 40,751 confirmed Cases with Cumulative Ugandan Recoveries at 40,379, Samples Tested 927,238 meanwhile Masks Distributed are 24,997,096.