London, July 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Uganda appears to have tactically given go ahead to vaccines mixing after the country’s ministry of Health said those who missed the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to take the Pfizer vaccine so as to be fully vaccinated.
Uganda approves Covid-19 vaccines mixing
(Oxford)“These are the only brands that can be mixed. You can get your second dose as AstraZeneca or Pfizer. If you got AstraZeneca first as dose one and there is no AstraZeneca for your second dose you can get Pfizer,” Director for General Duties at the Ministry of Health, Dr Henry Mwebesa, said on Tuesday.
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on vaccines earlier said in June that the Pfizer vaccine could be used as a second dose after an initial dose of AstraZeneca, if the latter is not available.
The position by WHO also conform with a widely circulated research paper that says doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines can be “mixed and matched” to generate a strong immune response against Covid-19, .
The Com-Cov study, led by Professor Matthew Snape of Oxford University, has demonstrated that people can safely receive a first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine followed by a second dose of the Pfizer jab
However, WHO warned against individuals mixing various vaccines, saying the decision should be left to public health authorities.
Dr Mwebesa also said that the Chinese vaccine, Sinovac, cannot be mixed with others, while the Johnson & Johnson can only be administered as a single shot.
The Health Ministry’s spokesperson, Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, said Uganda would receive a donation of 647,010 doses of the Pfizer vaccine between July 21 and July 27.
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