Civil society organizations have dragged the government to court challenging the decision to make a national identity card as a requirement for its citizens to access the COVID -19 Vaccine.
While announcing the vaccine arrival, the ministry of health revealed that for one to be able to access Covid-19 Vaccines, nationals need to present their national Identifications(NIN) while foreigners have to present their valid passports something that has sparked off public debates on why the country should have such conditions in times of the pandemic instead of saving lives.
The groups including the initiative for social and economic rights together with the unwanted witness noted that the decision is bound to exclude many people from accessing the vaccine.
The program manager at the initiative for social and economic rights Allana Kembabazi says they are seeking the court to intervene and make the decision null and void.
Kembabazi noted that the vaccine is the quickest way of combating the disease and therefore, putting in place such requirements for the citizens is derailing the country’s efforts to reduce the spread of the disease.
Uganda last week received over 18 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca which the ministry of health is launching today and vaccination will kick off on 10 March 2021.