Kenya received 765,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday evening.
The Vaccine doses, which are part of the COVAX facility, are expected to enhance the ongoing accelerated national vaccination campaign which targets 10 million people by the end of the year.
The vaccines were received by Dr Willis Akhwale, the Chairperson of the Taskforce on Covid-19 Vaccines Deployment.
He said the country has sufficient doses to meet the target set by the government to hit 10million vaccinations by end of next month.
“The country has very close to 10million doses of Covid-19 vaccines and therefore it is possible to hit the set target by His Excellency President of Ten million vaccinations by December. There is no reason as to why we cannot meet the target,” said Dr Akhwale
Dr Akhwale urged County Governments to educate Kenyans about the importance of getting vaccinated against Covid-19, claiming that the country is still in danger.
“The Health cabinet Secretary, Mutahi kagwe opened vaccinations to all persons above 18 years of age and we have distributed these vaccines to almost 2,000 facilities. It is incumbent upon Kenyans to present themselves for vaccination,” Dr Akhwale noted.
According to Dr. Akhwale, the Ministry of Health is presently evaluating data on the use of the Pfizer vaccine in people aged 16 to 18, as well as the use of several vaccines on pregnant women.
“We are looking at the data on the use of Pfizer in persons below 16-18 years and next week we will make a decision on whether to start vaccinating them since we have adequate doses of the vaccine. The Kenya National Technical Committee on Immunization is also going through the data of the different vaccines on pregnancy and we will be able to make a determination before the end of the month on specific policy guidance,” he added.©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.