President Yoweri Museveni has received his first Covid-19 doze and encouraged all Ugandans that qualify for it to get vaccinated.
Gen Museveni received the jab at State House Nakasero Saturday morning.
"First Lady @JanetMuseveni and I got our Covid-19 vaccine today in Nakasero. I encourage all Ugandans who qualify for this vaccination to go to health facilities and get it. But remember to keep observing the SoPs; wear masks, wash/sanitise hands and observe social distance, etc," Gen Museveni said after receiving his shot.
President Museveni's vaccination follows claims by Daily Monitor newspaper that he together with his inner circle had been vaccinated against covid-19 even before the first batch of the vaccines arrived in the country.
The report insinuated that President Museveni, his family members, and close associates had been vaccinated.
While addressing the nation on recently, the President said he would get some money for his party through the courts of law if the newspaper doesn't apologize to him.
Uganda has rolled out the first phase of a nationwide Covid-19 vaccination with at least 29 million Ugandans expected to be vaccinated at the end of the entire exercise.
The country received a second batch of 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 7 from the government of India as a donation, to add to the initial acquisition of 864,000 doses through the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (Covax) facility on March 5.
According to the country’s Ministry of Health, the first phase of vaccination will go on until March 19, and cover 950,000 frontline workers including health workers, security personnel, teachers and journalists.