Kenya receives 252,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines

On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Kenya received a consignment of 252,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines which will boost the ongoing vaccination exercise.

The vaccines were received by officials from the Ministry of Health led by the Chairman of the National Taskforce on Covid-19 Deployment and Vaccination, Dr Willis Akhwale. He represented Health Cabinet Secretary Sen. Mutahi Kagwe.

Addressing journalists at the airport, Akhwale said this was the second consignment of Johnson and Johnson vaccines that the government had directly procured.

He noted that the Government had made a provision of Ksh 14.3 billion ($143 million) to procure 13 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines in the current financial year and that this was part of that provision.

Akhwale said the Government had projected to be receiving one million doses of Johnson and Johnson between August and December and about two million from January.

However, he said that whereas there are challenges in the global supply chain, the Government was hopeful that it will receive more doses of Johnson and Johnson in the coming weeks.

“We are happy with the increased doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines as they will be used in our primary health care facilities, as well as our mobile outreach units,” he said.

Akhwale noted that the vaccines will increase the number of those fully vaccinated faster because they were a single shot dose.

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