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Otunnu: Government should roll out a vaccination plan

The government had struggled to distribute the few vaccinations provided to Uganda, according to Otunnu, and without a comprehensive immunization plan, the vaccines may go to waste.

Olara Otunnu, the former president of the United Progressive Congress, has requested the government to speed up a vaccination strategy in preparation for the delivery of 3 million vaccinations in September.

The government had struggled to distribute the few vaccinations provided to Uganda, according to Otunnu, and without a comprehensive immunization plan, the vaccines may go to waste.

On Tuesday, Otunnu made these comments during an appearance on NBS Morning Breeze.

“The government’s job is to keep people informed about the virus and SOPs. “The government must implement a vaccination program,” Otunnu added.

Without a vaccine strategy, Otunnu warned, the current wave of the epidemic might worsen, since Ugandans have begun to relax again, but the government has offered no remedy.

“It appears like individuals are regaining their composure. The government should be the first to warn people not to unwind. The present tidal wave may worsen.”

When COVID-19 initially hit in 2020, the government was on top of the epidemic, according to Otunnu, but they lost the war by the end of the year owing to politics.

If the current tsunami is to be contained, the 2011 UPC presidential candidate asked the government to step up.

“The leaders demonstrated to the country that COVID-19 is no longer an issue; you can now relax.” The rest of the crowd followed suit. It’s hardly surprising that the Delta version impacted us the way it did,” Otunnu continued.

Otunnu now joins the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and student leaders from a variety of educational institutions in urging the government to provide a vaccination strategy.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the country’s health minister, said on Friday that the ministry expects to provide at least 18 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to 9 million individuals in phases beginning in October this year.

Dr. Aceng also mentioned that the African Union will send the country 9 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, with 3 million doses arriving next month.

Dr. Aceng, on the other hand, did not outline a strategy for ensuring that susceptible populations such as instructors and students over the age of 18 get vaccinated first.

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