Although the government had initially said that the doses would cover 482,000 People, with each getting two injections spaced between eight weeks, the plan was later revised, to allow more people to get the first dose. But soon after the change, the Serum Institute of India, announced the halting of vaccine exports to first, serve their domestic market.
Since the district launched COVID-19 vaccination on March 18th, only 32 people have been vaccinated. Nabilatuk received 1,100 doses of the vaccines in the first phase. But only 19 out of 66 health workers have been vaccinated whiles 13 others are frontline workers like the support staff, teachers and soldiers.
Dr Phionah Atuhebwe, the Vaccines Introduction Medical Officer at the World Health Organization-WHO Regional Office for Africa says persons with allergies to protein are especially at a high risk of developing adverse effects. She explains that the protein contents in Astrazeneca vaccines may pose risks of one developing anaphylactic shock, a potentially life-threatening reaction, once administered on them.
According to a study published in the medical journal, the Lancet that took place in the UK people who got the first and second vaccine three months apart or even longer had an efficacy of 81 percent compared to 55 percent for those who got at a six or eight-week interval. However, the health ministry says it will follow WHO recommendations that say the vaccine should be administered 8-12 weeks apart