KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Museveni has Tuesday, received a Covid-19 vaccine booster as promised during his new year’s address to the nation.
During the address on Friday last week, Mr. Museveni promised that he would get the booster dose as advised by health experts. The booster shot has been recommended for people aged 50 and above, following the serge of the new Omicron Covid19 variant.
Ms. Lindah Nabusayi, the Senior Presidential Press Secretary, Linda Nabusayi confirmed the development through a tweet saying Mr. Museveni got his third covid-19 vaccine dose at his country home in Rwakitura, administered by his personal doctor who is also the Health Ministry PS, Dr. Diana Atwine.
“My doctors, Dr. Diana Atwine and Dr.Magoba an army officer, have just given me a booster dose. According to my statement during the New Year speech, I told you that efforts we are going to rely on to open the economy were; full vaccination for people aged 18 years and above who are about a 22million, but also booster doses for the 3.3million people above the age of 50 years, a constituency were I very rightly fit.”
The President appealed to Ugandans to get fully vaccinated to beat the virus and reopen the economy fully.
“I really appeal to everybody to do the needful. If you belong to this group of 50+ get a booster dose. If 18 and above get vaccinated fully. Dr. Atwine brought another clan of doses and said clan mixing is good. Now Atwine has said that for the booster to work well, get another clan. I was vaccinated two times with AstraZeneca, now I have got a Pfizer booster dose. That when you do that, you get more mobilization of immunity and resistance and against the virus for the body. Please get the two vaccines if you are 18 years and then the ones above 50 years or below 50 but with comorbidities get a booster,” he said.
He also advised the ones below 50 but with problems like diabetes, blood pleasure, cancers to get a booster dose as well.
“I am now 50+27 – 77 years. We said that this group should get a booster dose. But also, the ones below 50 but with problems like diabetes, blood pressure, cancers, etc those ones should get a booster dose,” Museveni said shortly after his vaccination.”
Museveni said he has got reports that even with the new Omicron virus, people who have been vaccinated two times quickly overcome it.
“Please this is not a joke. All must get up and be vaccinated,” he said.