By Agnes Kiconco
KIU, Main Campus - The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine, urged Ugandans to choose life not death during the launch of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign at Mulago Hospital in Kampala on Wednesday, 10th March, 2021.
Speaking at the launch, where the Permanent Secretary received her first dose of the vaccine, she urged citizens to choose a little pain in the arm due to vaccination instead of being admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“One must choose a little pain in the arm due to vaccination instead of being admitted in ICU. Choose life not death,” said Dr. Atwine.
The Minister of Health, Hon. Jane Ruth Aceng - who also received her first jab infront of media cameras at Mulago Hospital on the same day of the COVID-19 campaign launch - confirmed that the East African country would be administering the AstraZeneca vaccines.
The minister further noted that Uganda aims to vaccinate at least 49.6% of its population in different phases, each phase planned to cover 20% of the target population which is approximately 4,387,202 people.
Currently, the COVID-19 vaccination campaign has spread to other parts of the country like Luwero and Arua districts where vaccination was launched on Wednesday, 15th March.
With low adherence to public health measures and lack of effective treatment options for the pandemic, COVID-19 Vaccination is the game changer in response to COVID-19.
In a nutshell, the ministry urges Ugandans to choose life not death by receiving the COVID-19 jab despite the little pain in the arm during the administration of the vaccine.