Amid rumours that President Yoweri Museveni and wife Janat Kataha has secretly recieved a vaccine days before the official arrival of the jabs last week, the Head of State once again insisted on Sunday he and his immediate family members had not yet taken the jab and swiftly explained why.
Museveni, 73 said the government had decided to prioritize high risk groups before other categories of people would be considered.
The vaccination program kicked off last week with Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng being the first one to get the jab. Health workers all over the country then followed.
On why he had personally not yet recieved the vaccine, the president said thatu he thinks the frontline workers ought to be catered for first before any other person since they are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
“ I have not yet been vaccinated, and neither has Janet(First Lady). We wanted to start with the high-risk people. These are the ones working in hospitals dealing with patients. The reason I have not been vaccinated is that I am quite careful and well protected by the system here,”Museveni said on Sunday evening
The president noted that whereas there were some infections in State House, he was spared together with his close team arguably because they live in a spacious place that doesn’t allow the spread of the virus.
Museveni however noted that he is still not yet decided on which type of vaccine to take but noted he will soon take the jab.
“ I am also still trying to decide on which vaccine to take. Whether the Chinese, Russian or the Astra Zeneca.”
Museveni’s comments come on the backdrop of murmurs, especially on social media on why the president had not taken the lead in taking the COVID jab, just like some of his counterparts like Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.
However, Museveni is not the only leader in the region who has not yet taken the COVID jab, with his counterparts from Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and Burundi also yet to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
Uganda doing well
The president said so far over 1215 people have so far been vaccinated, adding that the country is so far doing well in the fight against the virus.
“The disease came in and these people who got admitted in hospital were managed well and recovered because they were few. If they had been many as had been in many countries we could not manage.
“As I speak in the whole of Uganda, we only have 24 corona patients in hospitals and out of these, only eight are a bit severe though not on machines but needing care. I congratulate Ugandans on this success but also thank God,”Museveni said.
The president however noted that despite the success, the war on the virus is still far from over, noting that people ought to continue wearing masks and observing the Standards Operating Procedures.
Uganda has for the last one year recorded 40,000 Coronavirus patients and only 334 of these have died whereas over 12000 have been discharged.