First Son Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba this Tuesday morning had his first dose of Astra Zeneca vaccine coronavirus vaccine.
After getting his shot, Muhoozi called upon the public to take the vaccine when it becomes widely available countrywide to stop the virus.
“Today, it was my pleasure to open the COVID-19 vaccination campaign within SFC by taking the first shot of AstraZeneca vaccines,” said Muhoozi.
The Senior Presidential Advisor in charge of special operations also thanked the President, Ministry of Health, and development partners for the quick acquisition and roll-out of this vaccine.
The vaccination exercise is underway at the SFC headquarters in Entebbe.
According to the Ministry of Health, in the first phase of the vaccination campaign, the government is prioritizing Health workers, armed forces, teachers, the elderly, persons with underlying health conditions above 50 years, and other emerging high risk and priority essential groups such as airlines staff, media, prisoners, tour operators and guides, bankers, immigration officers, humanitarian workers, and others to be identified.
Director Medical Services UPDF, Brig-Gen Dr. Kusasira, also took the shot initiating the campaign to have all soldiers and their families vaccinated.
Uganda targets to vaccinate 49.6 percent of the population which is about 21,936,011 people, in a phased manner.
Each phase is planned to cover 20 percent of the population which is about 4,387,202 people. The eligible population lies in the age range of 18 years and above.
The cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases of COVID-19 since 2020 are 40,591 with 334 deaths.