The Uganda Police Force has today started the vaccination of 20,000 out of its close to 47,000 personnel working on boarders and those aged above 50 years against COVID-19.
The vaccination exercise was kicked off by the Chief of Joint Security, Maj Gen Jack Bakasumba, who represented the Inspector General of Police Martin Ochola, at the police headquarters in Kampala.
Police directors took lead in getting the jab to give confidence to others who are skeptical about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
At least 10 directors, among others the Chief Political Commissar Asan Kasingye, the Director of Operation Services Edward Ochom, the Director Human Resource Management Jesse Kamunanwire, the Director of Crime Intelligence Brig Chris Damulira, the Director of Human Resource Development Godfrey Golooba, the Director Forensic Science Andrew Mubiru and ICT Director Felix Baryamwisaki received the COVID -19 vaccine today.
Gen Bakasumba said the police force mans over 15 entry points and that the numerous numbers of people that the police personnel attend to at the border points put their personnel at high risk of getting COVID-19. The force set up 15 teams that will carry out the vaccination exercise across the country.
Dr Moses Byaruhanga, the Police Director for Health Services said that even Police Officers who have chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension will also be considered in the first phase of vaccinations.
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