DHO worried over the low turn up for the boaster dose

By Gladys Kigozi
In a bid  to curb further spread of Covid -19, the government of Uganda embarked on the vaccination exercise to minimise the effects of the pandemic.
However the Mukono District Local Government Health  team is worried over the low turn up for the booster dose.
The District Health  Officer Dr. Stephen Mulindwa says residents after receiving the first dose of the vaccine thought it was all done, and very few have turned up for the booster dose yet one has to fully vaccinate to be on the safer side.
“Only 10% have turned up for the boaster dose,” Dr Mulindwa said.
He says that as the District Health Team have started on the campaign of mobilising and sensitising the masses to get fully vaccinated and also to appreciate its importance.
” We call upon everyone who vaccinated  for the first dose for the last six months  to go for a boaster dose including those who vaccinated using Johnson & Johnson vaccine”, Dr Mulindwa said.
Dr Mulindwa says every drug has side effects and side effects are expected but they are not terrible as they are being rumoured.
The Scribe News spoke to the locals to know why they are shunning the boaster dose and they cited several challenges hindering them from going for it.
John Bosco Lutwama a visually impaired resident of Total village in Mukono Municipality, said he has missed out on boaster dose since he is unable to walk to Mukono General Hospital.
  Scovia Namulondo 76, a resident of Nakifuma says when she was vaccinated for the first dose she thought its was all done and did not go for the second dose or even the booster.
“I thought it was all finished and  I didn’t go for more doses,” Namulondo said.
Mr Joachim Ssendi, the Chairperson of Lweza village in Mukono Municipality says Covid 19 has negatively affected his people economically to the extent that many sleep on empty stomachs and  can’t afford transport fees to Mukono General Hospital to get a booster doses.
According to Dr. Mulindwa 360,962 were vaccinated for the first dose but only  270,816 for the second dose.
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