A day after the Uganda Ministry of Health launched the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, majority of the people believe the entire exercise is a hoax.
The vaccination event which was flagged off at Mulago National referral hospital and Entebbe Grade B hospital saw a delegation of health workers from the Ministry of health gracing the day by offering themselves to be vaccinated first. The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng and her permanent secretary Dr. Diana Atwiine were among the first cluster that received the initial AstraZeneca dose.
A day after their immunisation, a video has emerged on social media depicting Dr. Aceng’s vaccination as a prank meant to hoodwink the public into assembling for the AstraZeneca which has already triggered widespread doubt in European nations like Austria where deaths were even reported.
Ugandans have sought answers and explanations of why the health practitioners who injected Dr. Aceng were not even covered by a face mask or hand glove, an initial requirement that world medical science calls for.
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Among other questions asked by the public is the mandatory requirement of staying around for 30 minutes after receiving the AstraZeneca which impliedly instigates that even the people who developed it are still doubtful of its effectiveness. Besides this, one who takes the vaccine is asked to proceed with wearing a face mask and also implement WHO COVID-19 standard operating procedures like social distancing. This implies that even though one takes the vaccine, he remains prone to contracting the disease.