The Government of Kenya has prioritized access to safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines to mitigate the impact of the disease on Kenyans.
Speaking on Thursday in Wote Makueni County, Eastern Kenya, during the 7th Annual Devolution conference Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr Mercy Mwangangi, on behalf of Cabinet Secretary, Sen. Mutahi Kagwe, disclosed that tremendous strides have been made.
The Ministry is confident that it shall deliver on the promise to ensure that 10 million Kenyans receive full vaccination by December 2021 and 30 million people by December 2022.
She said the conference is timely as it allows both the National and County Governments to look at the progress made in implementing the Big Four Agenda, especially in dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic, besides reviewing the other 14 functions that are devolved.
“The Ministry of Health appreciates the relentless and tireless efforts by County governments in combating the Covid -19 pandemic and shall continue to work closely with counties and partners to respond to and mitigate the spread of the disease,” she said.
The CAS disclosed that the Country is now deploying multiple vaccines, and with a steady supply in the pipeline, the ministry is confident that it shall achieve the targets.
“We now have enough vaccines to cater for our people. And now, per the WHO guidelines, we have lowered the age of those to be vaccinated to 15 years and above.
I, therefore, urge County governments to ensure adequate mobilization of communities through outreaches, and opening of more vaccination centres whether in markets, churches or any other places where many people congregate to meet the increased demand,” she said.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.