Uganda: Madaktari wataka chanjo ya Covid19 iwe ya hiari

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Umoja wa Madaktari nchini Uganda (UMA) wamepinga suala la kulazimisha watumishi wa Afya na raia kupatiwa chanjo ya COVID19 kilazima. Wametahadharisha kuwa yatakapotokea matokeo yoyote serikali itawajibika.

Uganda imepata upinzani hata kwa wahudumu wa Afya ambao hawajawa tayari kuchoma chanjo. Rais wa UMA Dkt. Richard Idro amesema suala la Afya ya mtu ni suala binafsi haina haja ya kulazimisha.

Kauli hiyo imekuja baada ya baadhi ya viongozi wa kisiasa kwenye baadhi ya Wilaya kutaka watumishi wa Afya wachomwe chanjo kilazima. Wametolea mfano Wilaya ya Amuru walipokea chanjo 3000 ambapo walichoka ni 45 tu.

Wizara ya Afya imeripoti kuwa tangu Aprili 13 hadi sasa ni watumishi wa Afya 20,405 kati ya watumishi takribani 150,000 ndio wamechoma chanjo. UMA wameshauri kampeni za kujenga uelewa wa chanjo zifanyike.

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The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) is protesting a proposal by some district leaders that every eligible citizen be given the Covid-19 vaccine whether or not they consent.

Such enforced immunisation would render the official or government liable to legal suits, the association leaders warned yesterday, saying mandatory administration of the jab amounts to rights violation.

The country is struggling with low uptake of the vaccines with hesitancy among health workers being one of the highest.

The district leaders argue that the move will improve the uptake.

The UMA president, Dr Richard Idro, told journalists in Kampala yesterday that no one should be forced to take the vaccine because healthcare is an individual’s right.

“UMA has learnt with concern from the press that, in some districts, the political leadership has issued orders for health workers to be vaccinated and further, tagging non-vaccination to withholding the pay of the health workers and teachers in question. This would imply absence of consent in an activity that should be voluntary,” Dr Idro said. He added: “To the leadership in the districts, forcing people to get vaccinated or tagging salary to being vaccinated is a gross violation of human rights and work ethics that can attract legal redress.”

This comes a week after the Resident District Commissioner of Amuru, Mr Geoffrey Oceng, passed a directive in the district, asking all health workers to take the Covid-19 jabs.

“From the 3,000 doses of the vaccine we have, up to date, we have only vaccinated 45 people from the 3,000 doses we received. This means there is a problem. So this made me direct the district health officer to ensure that within one week, all health workers are vaccinated,” he said on April 14.

The April 13 statistics from the Ministry of Health state that of the 90,142 health workers who have so far been registered all over the country to take the jabs, only 20,405 (23 per cent) have been vaccinated. The country has an estimated total of 150,000 health workers, according to the Ministry.

Some teachers are also saying they are being forced by the management to take the Covid-19 jabs as a requirement to stop Covid-19 in schools.

But the available information from World Health Organisation indicates that there is no clear evidence that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being used in the country stop the transmission of the virus or protects one from infection. Dr Alfred Driwale, the head of immunisation programme at the Ministry of Health, said their objective of vaccination using AstraZeneca is to stop severe Covid-19 related deaths.

This action conflicts with previous declaration by the government that vaccination is voluntary because the serum is new and has only been given emergency approval for use in inoculating the population.

Asked about the UMA protest, Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said they are sticking to the policy of voluntary Covid-19 vaccination.

“It is an allegation that we need to investigate. But our policy now is to make people consent to take the vaccine without coercion. I appeal to the local government to ensure that they supplement our message which is calling upon members of the public to get vaccinated,” Mr Ainebyoona said.

A total of 232,514 have so far been vaccinated using the 964,000 doses of the vaccines acquired last month through donations. Government plans to vaccinate 22 million Ugandans.

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Dr Richard Idro asked the ministry to increase investment in vaccine awareness campaign, facilitate logistics to let vaccines reach every targeted person and educate the health workers to understand the safety and accept the vaccination.

He asked health workers and other eligible people to go for the jabs, saying they are safe. “Covid-19 vaccine being administered by the Ministry of Health has been tested as safe for use in Uganda just like in many other countries that are using it. So, please get vaccinated without hesitancy. You may experience some minor side effects,” Dr Idro said.

Source: Daily Monitor
 

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Can Employers Force Employees To Get Vaccinated Or Return To The Office?

Kristin Stoller
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Careers

I cover all things related to careers, jobs and the workplace.
Sanitation worker checking the temperature of employees before entering office
Of the Americans who support allowing employees to decide whether or not they get the Covid vaccine, 28% believe that those who chose not to should not be allowed to return to the office, a new Edelman survey finds. GETTY
As companies across the country announce their return-to-work plans, leaders should consider their employees—and the fact that they may not want to go back to the office.


The latest 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer shows that 60% of 2,500 Americans surveyed believe employers should not force employees to go back to the workplace before they are ready. And though much of the nation’s pandemic response has been politicized, 48% of people who voted for former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election agree with this sentiment, as do 68% of those who voted for President Joe Biden.

If companies want workers back in the office, they need to first identify legitimate reasons for their return, says Denise Rousseau, a professor of organizational behavior and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College.

“What are the real motives to invite people back? If that’s to legitimize prepandemic decisions we made to buy office equipment or lease building space, it’s not rational,” she says. “You are not supporting your organization’s goals or supporting your people well [if so].”

And while more than 110 million people have received a Covid-19 vaccinate, 69% of survey respondents believe the decision to get vaccinated should be a personal one, not to be made by an employer. Of those 69% of Americans, 41% think those who choose not to get vaccinated should be allowed to return to the workplace, as long as they take precautions.

Legally, employers can require at-will employees to get vaccinated, says Kevin Troutman, a partner at labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule, the first being for employees who cannot get the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. State and local laws that may also restrict employers’ ability to enforce vaccine mandates.

“Work with your employees as much as you can, rather than coming across as strictly dictating.”
Kevin Troutman, Partner, Fisher Phillips

Covid-19 vaccine mandates—and the associated legal challenges—are still in their infancy. In February, a corrections officer reportedly sued a New Mexico county over a vaccine requirement for first responders and other employees. The officer is allegedly facing termination for declining a vaccination, though the county’s attorney told the Associated Press that the county stood behind its policy, pointing to FDA guidance.

This, Troutman says, is why employers need to be prepared to explain why it’s necessary to have workers in the office. “As a practical matter, employers have to consider how many of their employees will have reservations about that and not do it because they are worried about safety issues,” he says. “Do you want to have a fourth or a third or a fifth of your workforce that is distracted, upset or afraid to come to work?”

There is one thing most everyone can agree on: 81% of respondents want their employers to share coronavirus and vaccine updates weekly, if not more frequently. In fact, more people trust their employers to respond effectively and responsibly to the pandemic than national health authorities or the government, the survey found.

“My advice has continued to be to listen to your employees to find out what their concerns are. Try to meet them where they are. If they are worried about specific issues, try to provide information,” Troutman says. “Work with your employees as much as you can, rather than coming across as strictly dictating.”
 

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Umoja wa Madaktari nchini Uganda (UMA) wamepinga suala la kulazimisha watumishi wa Afya na raia kupatiwa chanjo ya COVID19 kilazima. Wametahadharisha kuwa yatakapotokea matokeo yoyote serikali itawajibika.

Uganda imepata upinzani hata kwa wahudumu wa Afya ambao hawajawa tayari kuchoma chanjo. Rais wa UMA Dkt. Richard Idro amesema suala la Afya ya mtu ni suala binafsi haina haja ya kulazimisha.

Kauli hiyo imekuja baada ya baadhi ya viongozi wa kisiasa kwenye baadhi ya Wilaya kutaka watumishi wa Afya wachomwe chanjo kilazima. Wametolea mfano Wilaya ya Amuru walipokea chanjo 3000 ambapo walichoka ni 45 tu.

Wizara ya Afya imeripoti kuwa tangu Aprili 13 hadi sasa ni watumishi wa Afya 20,405 kati ya watumishi takribani 150,000 ndio wamechoma chanjo. UMA wameshauri kampeni za kujenga uelewa wa chanjo zifanyike.

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The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) is protesting a proposal by some district leaders that every eligible citizen be given the Covid-19 vaccine whether or not they consent.

Such enforced immunisation would render the official or government liable to legal suits, the association leaders warned yesterday, saying mandatory administration of the jab amounts to rights violation.

The country is struggling with low uptake of the vaccines with hesitancy among health workers being one of the highest.

The district leaders argue that the move will improve the uptake.

The UMA president, Dr Richard Idro, told journalists in Kampala yesterday that no one should be forced to take the vaccine because healthcare is an individual’s right.

“UMA has learnt with concern from the press that, in some districts, the political leadership has issued orders for health workers to be vaccinated and further, tagging non-vaccination to withholding the pay of the health workers and teachers in question. This would imply absence of consent in an activity that should be voluntary,” Dr Idro said. He added: “To the leadership in the districts, forcing people to get vaccinated or tagging salary to being vaccinated is a gross violation of human rights and work ethics that can attract legal redress.”

This comes a week after the Resident District Commissioner of Amuru, Mr Geoffrey Oceng, passed a directive in the district, asking all health workers to take the Covid-19 jabs.

“From the 3,000 doses of the vaccine we have, up to date, we have only vaccinated 45 people from the 3,000 doses we received. This means there is a problem. So this made me direct the district health officer to ensure that within one week, all health workers are vaccinated,” he said on April 14.

The April 13 statistics from the Ministry of Health state that of the 90,142 health workers who have so far been registered all over the country to take the jabs, only 20,405 (23 per cent) have been vaccinated. The country has an estimated total of 150,000 health workers, according to the Ministry.

Some teachers are also saying they are being forced by the management to take the Covid-19 jabs as a requirement to stop Covid-19 in schools.

But the available information from World Health Organisation indicates that there is no clear evidence that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being used in the country stop the transmission of the virus or protects one from infection. Dr Alfred Driwale, the head of immunisation programme at the Ministry of Health, said their objective of vaccination using AstraZeneca is to stop severe Covid-19 related deaths.

This action conflicts with previous declaration by the government that vaccination is voluntary because the serum is new and has only been given emergency approval for use in inoculating the population.

Asked about the UMA protest, Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said they are sticking to the policy of voluntary Covid-19 vaccination.

“It is an allegation that we need to investigate. But our policy now is to make people consent to take the vaccine without coercion. I appeal to the local government to ensure that they supplement our message which is calling upon members of the public to get vaccinated,” Mr Ainebyoona said.

A total of 232,514 have so far been vaccinated using the 964,000 doses of the vaccines acquired last month through donations. Government plans to vaccinate 22 million Ugandans.

Alternative
Dr Richard Idro asked the ministry to increase investment in vaccine awareness campaign, facilitate logistics to let vaccines reach every targeted person and educate the health workers to understand the safety and accept the vaccination.

He asked health workers and other eligible people to go for the jabs, saying they are safe. “Covid-19 vaccine being administered by the Ministry of Health has been tested as safe for use in Uganda just like in many other countries that are using it. So, please get vaccinated without hesitancy. You may experience some minor side effects,” Dr Idro said.

Source: Daily Monitor
Absolutely, this would have been good. But I'm afraid if the westers are going to like this which in-turn will create disturbance as a result of restrictions to those travelling abroad.
We have seen several countries experiencing a rise in COVID-19 infections despite there citizens having been vaccinated.
This VACCINE thing raises more questions than answers to the extent of living a lot of uncertainities with respect to efficacy, moral issues and financial gains at the expense of peoples lives.
 

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