At least 13845 teenagers have been vaccinated in Kenya a month after Pfizer vaccines were made available to those aged 15 to 18 years old, revealed the Ministry of Health.
Youths who are eager to be vaccinated should not hesitate to get the shot, said the Ministry.
The ministry, on the other hand, has stated that the vaccines will not be distributed to learning institutions and that the emphasis will continue to be targeting the elderly and vulnerable populations.
"While attending school may not be an immediate priority right now, it is a plan that will be implemented as additional dosages are administered and as time progresses. Currently, however, the elderly bear the most burden, and as a result, the doses that are currently available are primarily targeted at this population,” said Willis Akhwale, chair of the vaccines deployment committee.
"Nevertheless, for the young people who are willing to get vaccinated freely, we have offered this possibility for them; however, we will not fully open it for teenagers until we have completely covered those who are willing to be vaccinated voluntarily," he continued.
Kenya aims to vaccinate at least 10 million people by the end of this year and the whole adult population of 27 million people by the end of 2022.
Up to this point, 23 million doses of vaccines have been received in the country, with 9.2 million doses having been administered throughout the nation.©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.