With the recent emergence of the new Omicron variant, RX Radio Presenters Fatboy and Olive have questioned the relevance of the ongoing vaccination in the country.
The subject arose from the arguments made by Health Right Activist Moses Mulumba, directed to The Uganda Human Rights Commission Chairperson Miriam Wangadya, after she said that Ugandans had no right to reject vaccination.
In his statement, Moses Mulumba the Head of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) condemned UHRC statements saying that they were groundless given that the Ministry of Health hasn't publicly declared vaccination mandates on the population. He mentioned how efforts to enhance vaccination should follow laws stipulated nationally and internationally.
The statements left Fatboy perplexed on whether the CEHURD Head meant that the Ministry had the mandate to make vaccination legal. But more so, he questioned the relevance a vaccination mandate would make.
“Now with the Omicron variant, things are turning upside down in regards to vaccination because questions are being raised now on the importance of getting vaccinated since the vaccine considered the best, i.e. Pfizer, is effective for only six months thereafter requiring booster shots. And now the booster shots need to be administered regularly which means that even if you've been vaccinated twice, within a couple of months, you are rendered unvaccinated.”
He added that it is questionable as to whether the available vaccines can stop the Omicron variant even if it has been found to be less lethal but more transmissible.
Olive, in reference to the Health Minister who stated that the government is not planning to close the country or the airport, said that the public is eager to know if the President won’t lock down the country and stick to reopening the whole economy in January 2022 as promised.
However, Fatboy reasoned that the country has to adopt living with the virus and its variants since it's an endemic pandemic that is going to have seasonal breakouts.
“The best approach is to continue communicating safe practices and therapeutic treatments for those more vulnerable instead of lockdowns and mass vaccinations. These policies are not very sustainable and ultimately will just breed resentment and complacency since they have caused many people to lose their jobs and livelihood,” he contended.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, Sarah and Lesham every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.