Kagwe cautions against sale of Covid vaccines by criminals

The ministry noted that the single-shot vaccine will be the best option for the population who are always on the move as it will help reduce the difficulty of getting them to return for the second dose as has been the case with AstraZeneca.

This was after it emerged that more than 100,000 people had failed to turn up for their second shot of AZ more than two months after the issuance of the second jab had begun.

The ministry also gave priority to people who are in urgent need to travel outside the country for medical attention as they would not have time to wait in between for the maturity of the second dose.

“We have announced again and again that there is no vaccine for sale. If you are so foolish that you actually go and pay for something that is free, then you should just probably just throw away the money,” Kagwe said.

“There are no vaccines for sale and we would like to see people report to  a police station, the CEC, or head of the hospital those trying to sell vaccines to them.”

The vaccines supply in the country has continued to improve with the ministry receiving 4.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses on Monday evening in yet another boost to the ongoing accelerated vaccination campaign.

The consignment included a donation of 4.3 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses from the German government via the COVAX facility and an additional 400,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Argentina.

The ministry has accelerated the vaccination campaign in an effort to reach at least 10 million before end of December.

As of Sunday, 7.5 million vaccines had so far been administered across the country out of which 2.9 million people are fully vaccinated.

The proportion of adult population fully vaccinated was at 10.8 per cent.

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