DO NOT MIX COVID-19 VACCINES, DR ACENG SAYS

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

ARUA: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2021

The minister of health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, has advised the public to avoid mixing Covid-19 vaccines due to lack of sufficient evidence to back such practice.

“When you get vaccinated with one type of vaccine, ensure you complete your dose with the same type of vaccine,” she stressed in a twitter post on Saturday.

The Minister’s communication comes at a time when there is a raging debate on whether someone could take as second jab, a different type of Covid-19 vaccine and get increased immunity.

Some other medical experts have proposed a local research to be conducted to evaluate the same issue.

“Do not get tempted to mix vaccines. All Covid-19 vaccines available are free, safe and effective in preventing severe disease, hospitalisation and deaths,” Dr Aceng assured Ugandans.

Since the commencement of the vaccination programme in March 2021, the ministry of health has inoculated over 2.3 million people using AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Pfizer, Moderna vaccines.

It has also acquired a sizeable dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccines and expects to receive Sinopharm vaccines in coming weeks.

The government expects to immunize more than 4.9 million people by the end of December as a precursor to reopening the economy and other social sector.

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