The State House Health Monitoring Unit has confirmed that over 800 people received counterfeit AstraZeneca vaccine doses last month.
The confirmation follows the analysis of the bottle contents by the government analytical laboratories and the disowning of the batch numbers by the Serum Institute of India.
Dr. Warren Namara, the Head of the State House Health Monitoring Unit, told that were inoculated with a fake vaccinate at a fee to get a free COVID-19 jab at Ministry of Health approved points.
More than 800 people and undisclosed number of clients from several companies in Kampala Metropolitan area received fake Covid-19 jabs.
Two nurses and a doctor, who is currently on the run, duped several people and companies and injected them with fake vaccines between May 15 and June 17.
Dr Naamara said a number of suspected fake Covid-19 vaccine vials with the genuine ones were sent to the Directorate of Government Analytical Laboratory in Wandegeya and National Drug Authority (NDA) for analysis.
The NDA forwarded the suspected fake Covid-19 sample to Serum Institute of India manufacturers of Vaccines & immuno-biologicals for comparison with genuine vaccines.
The Serum Institute of India confirmed that the batch in question was never supplied in Uganda. It further confirms that the product label details were falsified.
“The fake vaccines were more of water than anything else from the chemical contents as it was analysed,” he said.
Dr Naamara said the population that received the fake jabs should understand that they are not poisoned and not in danger.
“All persons and cooperate companies who were vaccinated at a fee, especially within the premises of work by the suspect still at large are advised to get a free Covid-19 jab at the Ministry of Health approved vaccination centres ,” he said.
He advised the public to continue accessing the vaccination at Kiswa Health Centre IV because the forgery of those implicated occurred outside the facility.
“Ministry of Health administered approved, free, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines at designated vaccination sites,” said MoH spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona.
He added: “The vaccines referred to in the Daily Monitor article were purchased by unscrupulous people as indicated by HMU.”