By John Odyek and Ismael Kasooha
Journalists @New Vision
COVID | VACCINATION | PM NABBANJA
The Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, has suspended all roadside vaccination against COVID-19 for passengers found without jabs in public transport vehicles travelling in the country.
Nabbanja was surprised on Sunday late afternoon to find a long queue at Kiganda Sub County, Mubende District, at a place where taxis and trucks had been stopped so that the unvaccinated people were given the jabs.
Nabbanja said that it is inconveniencing travellers.
She directed districts to use outreaches instead of waylaying people from other districts to vaccinate them.
She noted that when a person is vaccinated, the person is required to rest for about 30 minutes before undertaking activities.
She said that it is difficult for passengers to be followed up for support in case of any side effects that arise from the vaccination.
Some districts have attempted to accelerate the vaccination campaign by targeting travellers in public transport vehicles. President Yoweri Museveni has issued a directive which requires vehicle crews should be fully vaccinated including passengers as a way to curtail the spread of corona virus as the capacity of public transport gets to 100%.
While some Ugandans have appeared to be reluctant to get the vaccination shots, many who need it too cannot access it.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, announced that with a COVID-19 positivity rate that has reached 23.3%, Uganda has already entered the third wave.
The minister said that so far over 400,6000 Ugandans have been fully vaccinated which represents 18.2% of the targeted population of 22million Ugandans who are 18 years and above.
Experts query why the number of fully vaccinated Ugandans have not risen fast as the number of vaccines in the country has increased and ask why vaccines remain in stores with the risk of expiry.
Regarding the total number of doses of vaccination, the minister said the number has reached 12, 085,428.