by our reporter
The Ministry of Health has said it will punish districts that allow Covid-19 vaccines to expire from their stores as people continue to shun the exercise due to fear and myths about the vaccines.
This comes as the district health teams continue to meet stiff resistance from communities with just a few turning up for the vaccination exercise.
Dr Alfred Driwale Program Officer for Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI), Reveals that the vaccines are being manufactured with notice for short life span requiring vaccination to be done faster before the expiry dates.
He says once the drugs expire, it becomes a loss on the part of the government because they are expensively procured.
For that reason, Driwale says, any district where vaccines will expire will face the consequences which include punishing officers involved, while for those districts where the expiry is due to late deployment, no additional deliveries shall be made.
Last week, the ministry withdrew 1,296 dozes of Covid-19 vaccines from Obongi district after they suspended vaccination exercises because most of the people had recently been vaccinated against cholera.