Kenya to start issuing Covid-19 boosters in 2022

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Kenya's Ministry of Health has stated that the Covid-19 vaccine booster doses would be available starting in January 2022.

Earlier this week, the Kenya National Immunization Technical Advisory Group convened to discuss the issue, following scientific findings indicating that protection to the virus weakens over time.

"We are grateful for the findings indicating that vaccination protection is eroding. The Kenya National Immunization Technical Advisory Group convened on Monday," said Willis Akhwale, the chair of the vaccine's deployment task force in Kenya.

“In the meantime, I can only say that booster shots will be recommended, and that specific guideline will be provided as we begin the New Year. They are still finalizing the report, but I can say that they will recommend booster shots and that specific guidelines will be provided as we begin the New Year."

Dr Patrick Amoth, the Acting Director-General of Health, revealed on Wednesday that this decision was reached after it was discovered that only five out of fifteen COVID-19 patients in critical condition across the country had received a complete vaccination regimen for the disease.

When the protection offered by the first injection(s) has begun to naturally diminish over time, a Covid-19 booster shot is administered as a preventative measure.

More than nine million Kenyans have been vaccinated since the exercise kicked off in March 2021.

Kenyan government aims to inoculate at least 10 million by the end of this year.

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