Busia District Health Officer, Dr. Mathias Wabwire Panyako, says that they have decided to suspend the vaccination of teachers in Busia Municipality from September 6 to 19th due to Cholera vaccination exercise.
Health authorities in Busia municipality have halted the
COVID-19 vaccination exercise because of the ongoing cholera vaccination. On Monday,
Busia district received 2,432 doses of AstraZeneca and 2,737 doses of Cinovac
vaccines for the mass vaccination of teachers.
However, the District Health Officer, Dr. Mathias Wabwire
Panyako, says that they have decided to suspend the vaccination of teachers in
Busia Municipality from September 6 to 19th due to Cholera vaccination
“This is to avoid side effects that may cause
illness or sudden deaths because of too many vaccines in the body. It is part
of advice from the ministry of health. The two weeks period is to enable the body to gain and be free of any other jab,” he said.
explained that the ongoing vaccination of teachers and non-teaching staff that
started outside the municipality on Monday would continue as planned. The
district has gazetted three schools including Busia
S.S. in the Municipality, Busitema University in Busia North and Lumino high
school in Busia South constituency as vacation centers.
He encouraged teachers to embrace the COVID-19 vaccination
for their own safety, saying many people have abandoned the Standard Operating
//Cue in: "In this
Cue out:....continue washing hands,"//
While launching the cholera vaccination exercise
on Monday, Dr. Allan Muruta, the Commissioner of Epidemiology and Surveillance
warned that Busia district is in danger of the third wave of COVID-19 because of
the abuse of SOPs and their proximity to the border.
//Cue in: "This is a transit
Cue out:...break with vaccinating,"//
Mathew Tusubira, the Deputy Busia Resident
District Commissioner, says that the suspension of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise
will enable them to fully supervise the exercise when it starts.
//Cue in: "Okugema obuyiiso
Cue out:...and corona vaccines,"//
Aggrey Mayende, the chairman of Busia secondary
school head teacher’s association says that some teachers are still reluctant
to take the COVID-19 jab because of myths around the vaccine.
He appealed to the
Health Ministry and the government to clear the air.