Ugandan military and police officers serving in Somalia under the African Union Mission (AMISOM) have started getting their first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Government of Uganda has delivered 6,500 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to supplement vaccines received from the FGS under the COVAX programme, which was administered to their health care workers and the vulnerable groups.
At a short ceremony before the troops were vaccinated on Monday, May 18, 2021, in the capital Mogadishu, the commander of the AMISOM Uganda contingent, Brig. Gen. Don Nabasa urged the soldiers to all get vaccinated so they don’t get infected with the coronavirus.
“The vaccines will save your lives and prevent you from becoming seriously ill if you get infected by the deadly COVID-19 virus. It will also significantly reduce your risk of getting infected and infecting others, so it is important that we all take it,” Nabasa said in a statement.
The AMISOM military Chief of Operations, Col. Allan Kalanzi, welcomed the government’s effort to have the personnel vaccinated from the deadly virus.
“AMISOM Force Headquarters commends the efforts of the leadership of Sector 1 to vaccinate its troops as part of the overall objective to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Kalanzi said.
According to the New Vision, the deputy commander of the AMISOM Uganda contingent, Col. John Winston Mugarura, admitted that the coronavirus outbreak affected their military operations as it has done with almost everything else, making immediate intervention necessary.
Back home, the UPDF, SFC, Prisons Service, and other security agencies started vaccinating their officers soon after the exercise was launched in March.