MBUYA – The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Hon. Adolf Mwesige has launched the COVID-19 vaccination for the members and staff of the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces.
Speaking at the launch on Thursday, the Minister thanked the President Yoweri Museveni and the team of health professionals for guiding and warning Ugandans during the pandemic which has saved their lives greatly.
Hon Mwesige noted that the UPDF has not only defended the sovereignity of Ugandans, but has also been at the forefront of guaranteeing the safety of Ugandans in all spheres and aspects of life.
“It is therefore fit and just and proper that the UPDF becomes one of the priority groups in benefiting from the ongoing vaccination program such that members of the UPDF can continue to guarantee Ugandans safety and security.” Hon Mwesige said.
In the same vain, the Hon Mwesige commended the national and international efforts of scientists for the ingenious jobs they have done so far in fighting and controlling the pandemic.
In his remarks, the Deputy Director of Medical Services, Brig Gen Dr Stephen Kusasira said that the AstraZeneca vaccine will go a long way in reducing the severe cases of the disease so that our health system gets back to near normalcy
Brig Gen Dr Kusasira noted that the side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine are minor and transitional and urged Ugandans to get vaccinated.
The launch was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Ms. Rosettie Byengoma, the Deputy CDF Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, the Commander Air Forces Lt Gen Charles Lutaaya, UPDF Joint Chief of Staff Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, General Officers, Senior Officers and other members of the the ministry and UPDF.