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Ministry of Health resolves to withdraw unused covid-19 vaccines

The ministry of health has resolved to withdraw all the unused covid-19 vaccines by the end of May this year. Dr Diana Atwine the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health says the COVID jabs will expire in July this year, the reason they can’t wait to make losses yet there is demand in other areas. This comes as the ministry renews a warning against false information about coronavirus vaccines in social or mass media.

In March this year, the government rolled out the vaccination against covid-19 across the country. But while the government ensured drugs reach every health facility, citizens have slowly embraced the vaccine uptake, the ministry of health Permanent secretary Dr. Diana Atwine decries that the citizens continue to violate standard operating procedures.

In some districts, where the virus has surged, vaccination has duly been embraced but in others it has totally failed. 

The government is now planning to recall all the unused COVID-19 vaccination drugs from upcountry districts before the end of May.

Dr. Atwine the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Health says the Astrazeneca drugs will expire in July this year yet the government incurred huge costs in procuring the vaccines and cannot afford to destroy it.

In Mbarara, some leaders disclosed to the ministry officials why communities are having a negative perception towards the COVID-19 jab.

Diana Atwine also tasked security to enforce standard operating procedures with immediate effect.

Currently, Uganda has 44,013 cumulative confirmed cases with 348 deaths.

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