Tuesday, January 4, 2022

RWAKITURA, KIRUHURA DISTRICT: President Yoweri Museveni has today received his booster dose against the COVID-19.

“My doctors, Dr Diana Atwine and Dr Magooba an army officer, have just given me a booster dose. According to my statement during the New Year speech, I told you that efforts we are going to rely on to open the economy were; full vaccination for people aged 18 years and above who are about 22million, but also booster doses for the 3.3million people above the age of 50 years, a constituency were I very rightly fit. I am now 50+27 – 77 years. We said that this group should get a booster dose. But also, the ones below 50 but with problems like diabetes, blood pleasure, cancers etc those ones should get a booster dose,” he said shortly after his vaccination.

The President appealed to Ugandans to get fully vaccinanted to beat the virus and reopen the economy fully.

“I really appeal to everybody to do the needful. If you belong to this group of 50+ get a booster dose. If 18 and above get vaccinated fully. Dr. Atwine brought another clan of doses and said clan mixing is good. Now Atwine has said that for the booster to work well, get another clan. I was vaccinated two times with AstraZeneca, now I have got a Pfizer booster dose. That when you do that, you get more mobilization of immunity and resistance and against the virus for the body. Please get the two vaccines if you are 18 years and then the ones above 50 years or below 50 but with comorbidities get a booster,” he said.

The President said he has got reports that even with new Omicron virus, people who have been vaccinated two times quickly overcome it. 

“Please this is not a joke. All must get up and be vaccinated,” he said.

The President got his Pfizer booster dose almost ten months after his first COVID-19 dose to improve immunity following the outbreak of the fast-spreading Omicron variant. Research has shown that after the first two doses, the priority/special groups including people aged 50 years and above and those with comorbidities can take a booster dose. 

According to research, three COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized or approved for use to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred and can be mixed. A three-dose course of AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the rapidly-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant.