MULAGO HOSPITAL, UGANDA: The Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Health and partners has on Wednesday March 10 officially launched the Covid-19 vaccination exercise in Uganda.
The vaccination exercise was launched by Minister Jane Ruth Aceng at Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital where she be came the first person to get vaccinated.
The event was attended by various scientists, health workers and partners from the COVAX Facility.
According to the Health Ministry, at least 49.6% of Ugandans will be vaccinated in a phased manner, with frontline health workers taking the first jabs.
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Health Minister, said that the priority groups will be handled first, however, since the vaccines are not adequate, this will also be done in batches as the vaccines come in.
Speaking at the event, the guest of honour, Gen Moses Ali, the first Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda commended the COVAX facility and GAVI for making it possible for low and middle income countries to get vaccines.
Munir Safieldin, the UNICEF Country Representative to Uganda, said that covid-19 vaccines are safe and they will save lives.
He noted that Uganda is one of the few African countries that have benefited from the COVAX Facility’s donations, whose vaccines have been proved to be safe and efficient.
Dr Diana Atwine, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary hailed health workers and Ugandan scientists for their guidance during the pandemic that’s still prevailing.