KAMPALA– Uganda has on Tuesday received the second batch of 700,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine donated by the Chinese Government to Uganda.
While receiving vaccines, the Minister of State for Health primary health care Hon. Margaret Muhanga said that currently the government of Uganda has received a total of 1.2 million doses of Sinovac vaccines through a bilateral arrangement with the Chinese government saying that these vaccines will supplement previously distributed Sinovac vaccines to support the ongoing mass COVID-19 vaccination program.
Muhanga adds that the Ministry of health will release 300,000 doses of the newly received consignment as second dose while the remaining 400,000 doses will be split into two to act as 1st and 2nd dose.
To-date, the government of Uganda has received 6,631,763 doses of various COVID-19 vaccines. This points to the fact that the Government is committed to increasing access to vaccines in order to protect the population from this deadly disease.
Of the doses received so far, 2,575,021 doses have been administered while 3,021,994 are currently being distributed countrywide. Of the administered doses, 1,974,045 have been administered as 1st dose and 600,976 have been administered as 2nd dose.
Muhanga urged all eligible Ugandans to visit the nearest designated vaccination point and get vaccinated.
”The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and protects you from severe disease and death due to the virus. Getting vaccinated and following the COVID-19 SOPs means we are one step closer to opening up the economy and resuming normal life.” Muhanga said.
She appealed to the general public to avoid mixing any of the vaccines nor receive a booster dose stressing that there is limited information on the effects of mixing vaccines and therefore every client must receive the same type of vaccine as both their first and second dose.
“This is consistent with guidance received from the Vaccine Advisory Committee whereby Uganda has not received any recommendation for any ‘mix-and-match’ of the vaccine” She added.
She further appealed to all health workers to always verify whether the client has received any vaccine before administering any vaccine.