BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU
ARUA: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
The Ministry of Health has dismissed as fake the vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine being circulated on WhatsApp to mislead the population about the shelf life of the vaccines.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the ministry of health spokesman has clarified in an official Twitter post that the AstraZeneca vaccines being administered to Ugandans are valid and have a shelf life of up to September 30, 2021.
He disclosed that this specific batch of the AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in the country in August, 2021.
“Please note that all [AstraZeneca] Covid-19 vaccines have only six months between manufacturing and expiry and we expect all of them to be used before they expire, given the quantities supplied and the huge demand in districts,” he explained.
Ainebyoona said an expiry date usually means that such a medicine should not be taken after the end of that given month.
“For example, if the expiry date is July 2020, you should not take the medicine after July 31, 2020.
He added that for the Sinovac vaccines, their shelf life is 24 months.
Ainebyoona assured the public that the Ministry of Health through the National Drug Authority always ensures that the vaccines and drugs imported into the country are safe and effective.