KAMPALA —Vice President, Jessica Alupo on Friday took her second COVID-19 vaccination jab —completing the recommended dose by the health experts.
The Vice President who was vaccinated at Mulago National Referral Hospital and urged Ugandans to get vaccinated.
Today, I went to Mulago Hospital and took my second COVID-19 vaccine shot. This vaccine is safe and I encourage you to go and get vaccinated,” the Vice President tweeted.
According to the World Health Organisation, for some COVID-19 vaccines, two doses are required. For vaccines that require two doses, the first dose presents antigens- proteins that stimulate the production of antibodies to the immune system for the first time. Scientists call this priming the immune response.
The second dose acts as a booster, ensuring the immune system develops a memory response to fight off the virus if it encounters it again.
The Vice President assured Ugandans that vaccines are safe and effective.
Following a slow roll-out, after two coronavirus vaccines received emergency approval, Uganda has administered over 1 million doses and
has finalized legal requirements for the purchase of 2 million Johnson and Johnson vaccines through the Africa Export-Import Bank and the African Union.
President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday said the goal is to vaccinate 22 Ugandans before reopening the economy.
He said Government is working very hard to import vaccines.
“Vaccines are not in short supply but are shared badly. Some people want to solve their problems first before they look at ours. It’s not Christian, but now we know that people who say they are Christians are not… and it’s a good lesson. That’s why we are working very had to develop our own vaccines. We shall either bring investors to produce vaccines here or develop our own vaccines. Some of our scientists are working on therapeutics. They have used some indigenous knowledge, which is abundant to get items that seem to be curing some of these people. But we shall confirm that and announce formally and funding these people,” he said.