Doctors oppose mandatory Covid-19 jabs

A health worker administers AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, at Mulago Women’s Specialised Hospital in Kampala on March 10, 2021. PHOTO | KELVIN ATUHAIRE

What you need to know:

  • The April 13 statistics from the Ministry of Health state that of the 90,142 health workers who have so far been registered all over the country to take the jabs, only 20,405 (23 per cent) have been vaccinated.

The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) is protesting a proposal by some district leaders that every eligible citizen be given the Covid-19 vaccine whether or not they consent.
Such enforced immunisation would render the official or government liable to legal suits, the association leaders warned yesterday, saying mandatory administration of the jab amounts to rights violation.
The country is struggling with low uptake of the vaccines with hesitancy among health workers being one of the highest. 
The district leaders argue that the move will improve the uptake.

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