Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng received her second jab yesterday and after that, she addressed the press.
During the interview, she revealed that some frequent travellers to the country had already received their second doses.
‘’We have opened up for the second dose to all those who received the first dose and have completed more than eight weeks. The World Health Organization guides on between eight and twelve weeks as the best time (interval to receive the second shot),’’ Dr. Aceng said.
She also said those eligible for vaccination should go and get their first dose so as to fight this pandemic further.
Previously, Dr. Aceng had said that the second shot will be given after 12 weeks specifically. However, she said that it is now the recommendation of the WHO that says even 8 weeks is okay for someone to get their second shot.
According to sources, people have been receiving jabs behind closed doors. This, plus the increasing risks posed by the new variant, government and scientists agreed to open up for the second doses to all Ugandans who are due.
Dr. Aceng said the vaccine uptake in the country is quite good in the central and southern regions. But the uptake is still low in the northern and eastern parts.
World Health Organisation country representative, Dr. Yonas Tegegn said the available studies show that mixing AstraZeneca with Pfizer is safe. But the government is still reviewing this data.
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