“At Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, several health officials who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity said they will not get vaccine until they see president vaccinated.”
Oyam – 17, March 2021: President of Uganda Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is yet to get vaccinated for Covid-19, a week after official launch of “mass vaccination” by the Ministry of Health.
His wife (First Lady) who’s also the Education and Sports Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni, according to president Museveni has not got the jab yet.
Addressing the country last week on Sunday, Mr Museveni said he is “still looking at which vaccines to go for”.
At least 15,000 Ugandans have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine since 10, March 2021.
“… I have not been vaccinated because I am ‘quite careful’ and well protected by the system,” he said.
After his remark, some Ugandans, including health workers are ‘scared’, some questioning the safety of the vaccine.
In Mbale and Manafwa districts, district health officials are finding it ‘very difficult’ to convince the population to get the jab.
As reported by KampalaSqoop, a digital newspaper, Mbale nurses say they won’t get vaccinated before the president.
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The same publication, quoting URN, says Mbale and Manafwa districts officials can’t convince health workers about the safety of AtraZeneca vaccine.
The vaccination has been stopped temporarily in Italy, Germany, and other European nations.
“At Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, several health officials who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity said they will not get the vaccine until they see president vaccinated.”
“A vaccine that Museveni himself is not ready to take. We already had a shouting headline of a 2 million US dollar corporation or sponsorship on this vaccine. Who is responsible for the eventual side effects of this vaccine whose side effects are yet to be known?,” Mr James William Mugeni, a medical clinical officer told TND News.
He also says “we need to have the medical people take the lead in Covid-19 vaccination”, further telling them to “team up”.