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Dr Jane Ruth Aceng.

Uganda has approved the importation of vaccines for employees of private companies in a bid to smoothen the vaccination exercise.

Uganda’s Health Ministry has given private companies a go-ahead to import COVID-19 vaccines for their employees in a bid to smoothen the vaccination exercise.

While addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng revealed that they have received several requests and proposals from corporate entities and the private sector to vaccinate their employees against COVID-19.

But stressed that companies in a position to do so will have to put their requests in writing to the Director-General of the Ministry of Health.

Aceng also mentioned that any vaccine type to be brought into the country will first go through approval from the World Health Organization and the National Drug Authority.

“The Ministry of Health has received several requests and proposals from corporate entities and the private sector to vaccinate their employees against COVID-19,” Aceng said.

“The Ministry would like to inform organizations that are interested in providing vaccines to their employees to write to the Director General Health Services requesting to import the vaccines,” she added.

The minister, however, said that the request letters should indicate the number of employees who will depend on the vaccines. She noted that due to clarity, importations will only be done through the National Medical Stores.

Aceng further disclosed the ministry is also in advanced stages to start accrediting private health facilities and facilities to undertake COVID-19 vaccination.

“The list of these facilities will be provided once an understanding has been reached and a memorandum of understanding has been signed spelling out the modalities of the collaboration,” Aceng disclosed.

import covid-19 vaccines uganda
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng.

She, however, once again rubbished allegations making rounds on various social media platforms about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines being unsafe.

“The GACVS COVID-19 sub-committee also reviewed clinical trial data and reports based on safety data from Europe, the United Kingdom, India and Vigibase, the WHO global database of individual case safety reports,” Dr Aceng said noting that the vaccines have been declared safe and effective.

“The subcommittee came to the following conclusions and recommendations (released 19 March 2021): The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine continues to have a positive benefit-risk profile, with tremendous potential to prevent infections and reduce deaths across the world.”