The Vaccination exercise has ended at parliament having entered the second day with a hundred of MPs turning up to receive their first jab.
These will receive a second doze on 20th May, 2021.
Over 3000 people are expected to be vaccinated including the newly elected Members of Parliament, former Members of Parliament, current Members of Parliament and the staff of parliament.
However, by today-Friday 26th March 2021, Members of Parliament were cited also coming for vaccinations with their families.
The State minister for tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi says this immunization exercise enables one to get certificates which will help Ugandans travel internationally.
“The same certificates will also be required in some other places to certify whether you have been vaccinated” says Kiwanda.
He calls on Ugandans to take this chance to go for vaccinations if government opens up.
Vaccination kicked off with a high turn up of current MPs, MP-elects, Parliament staff and the journalists under their umbrella Uganda Parliamentary journalist Association.
The two-day exercise was being conducted by the health Officials from Kampala Capital city Authority and ministry health launched by the state minister for health General Duties Robinah Nabanja.
The Adjumani West Member of Parliament also the 1st Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali was among the people who got vaccinated encouraging people to vaccinate.
On 10th March, 1st Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali launched the official start of vaccination against COVID-19, however; Cameras did not capture the moment of Gen. Ali being vaccinated.
The Permanent Secretary to ministry of health Dr. Diana Atwine announced that the General was not ready to get the jab by then.
The Ministers including; Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuzi, State minister for Environment Beatrice Anywar, state minister for Sports Hamson Obua among others joined Moses Ali to get their Jab.
“There is no reason why people refuse to be vaccinated because all over the world people are being vaccinated and the jabs are safe” Moses Ali confirms.
Bugweri District Woman Member of Parliament Racheal Magola and Kampala central Division Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko rallies their constituents to use the chance if government starts vaccinating the public.
Kasambya County Member of Parliament Gaffa Mwatekamwa rallies his fellow Parliamentarians to take a jab laughing at the critics waiting for the president Museveni to take his jab first.
Some of the MPs who have been vaccinated express happiness after injection and called Ugandans to accept the shot.
Rujumbura county Member of Parliament Rukungiri District Tumuheirwe Fred Turyamuhweza says it’s now over one years since Uganda was hit by COVID-19 hundreds of people have died he adds that Ugandans should grab any chance if there is a chance to be vaccinated.
Busiro South Member of Parliament Peter Ssematimba encourages the public to embrace the vaccinations.
The Ministry of Health is seeking 162m US dollars to purchase 27m dozes of COVID 19 to vaccinate all Ugandans.
This was raised by the minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng on the floor of parliament saying the 18 million dozes donated by Covax were not enough for all Ugandans.
She said that the government targets to vaccinate 22 million Ugandans including refugees if money is availed.
So far the government has allocated 5 million dollars to purchase vaccines in addition to those given by covax under the World Health Organization