Law on Mandatory Vaccination, Wearing Masks to be Tabled Before Parliament

By Leilah Bbaale
The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has notified Parliament that she will be tabling a proposed law on Public Health next week to provide for mandatory vaccination, wearing of masks and others.

Aceng made the statement on Thursday afternoon while responding to different queries by Members of Parliament in regard to the government’s preparedness to combat the new Covid variant –Omicron that has now been detected in 23 countries across the world.

The new Covid-19 variant is reported to have originated in Southern Africa and spread to different countries and some countries across the world have since closed their borders on travelers from West African countries and others.

In her presentation to Parliament, Aceng noted that her Ministry is preparing to table the Public Health Bill next week to cater for a number of issues including mandatory vaccination, wearing of masks and penalties. The Minister did not reveal more details about the proposed law.

The revelation was welcomed by Busiro East MP, Medard Lubega Sseggona who said that this law is long over view since it is needed to prevent some people from causing risk to others.

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