Once the government receives the expected 647,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine this month from World Health Organization, children under the age of 15 shall be vaccinated.
This information was revealed by a top government official today while speaking of the doses of Pfizer vaccine Wich the country is expected to receive from the World Health Organization before the end of this month
While speaking to media, a senior Presidential advisor Monica Musenero informed that once government has procured the vaccine, it would vaccinate children who are at a high risk of contacting the deadly virus.
“Uganda is hoping to get doses of Pfizer vaccine and when we get them, we can vaccinate children. There are a few doses so we shall only vaccinate those children who are at risk of severe disease,” said Musenero who also doubles the minister for science and technology.
Among the children that she said would be vaccinated include those suffering from diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sickle cell anemia or any other disease that puts their life at high risk.
She went on to inform that the vaccine has already been approved for children who are above the age of 12 as she said, “Pfizer was approved for use in children who are 12 years and above.”
Unlike AstraZeneca which has not been approved for children since it is said wise to administer it only to people that are above the age of 18.
“Those children who fall in that category cannot be vaccinated using AstraZeneca because it is not approved for use in anybody below 18 years but with Pfizer, we can vaccinate those children,” she went on to inform.
Aside from the Pfizer vaccine, Uganda is also expected to receive AstraZeneca vaccine as well as doses of the Sinovac vaccine from China. To vaccinate more Ugandans as 1.1 million Ugandans have so far been vaccinated.