KAMPALA — Vice President Jessica Alupo has Friday July 9, received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Mulago National Referral Hospital.
Ms. Alupo urged all Ugandans to get the vaccine when it’s available to them.
“Today, I went to Mulago Hospital and took my second COVID-19 vaccine shot. This vaccine is safe and I encourage you to go and get vaccinated,” the Vice President tweeted.
Ms. Alupo started with inspecting the Government constructed state-of-the-art Specialised Women Neonatal Hospital.
Government aims to inoculate 22 million people, about half of the country’s population, to enable the economy to fully re-open, and is setting aside 560 billion shillings ($157.9 million) to procure Covid-19 vaccines, according to Finance Minister Matia Kasaija.
“It’s only then that we will be able to fully re-open for tourism, entertainment, arts and recreation, and education to resume normal operation,” he said reporters this week.
Health Minister Ruth Aceng said government has finalized legal requirements for the purchase of 2 million Johnson and Johnson vaccines through the Africa Export-Import Bank and the African Union.
She added government is at different stages for securing doses from Cuba, Russia, China and the U.K.
Uganda has so far received only 1.14 million doses through the Covax facility and the Indian government.
It is also due to receive a batch of 285,600 doses under Covax in a few weeks, another of 688,800 in August and a donation of 300,000 doses from Sinovac later this month.
Uganda has administered over 1 million doses and registered about 85,000 cases since March last year.