Uganda plans to impose fines on people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who fail to pay could be sent to prison under a new public health law which lawmakers are scrutinising, parliament said on Tuesday.
Only 16 million Ugandans have received their doses out of a population of 45 million, with authorities blaming widespread reluctance for low coverage.
Parliament’s house health committee has begun scrutinising Public Health (Amendment) Bill 2021 which seeks to make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory.
The new law proposes a fine of 4 million Ugandan shillings ($1,139) for those who fail to get vaccinated.
“According to the proposal, those who do not get vaccinated against COVID-19 will be fined 4 million shillings or (receive) a jail term of six months,” parliament said in a statement on its website.