At least 390,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson and 1.7 million doses of Moderna vaccines are expected to arrive in Kenya next week. The two vaccines are expected in the country on Monday August 23.
This comes as the government received an additional 407,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the UK government. The vaccines donated via the Covax facility and transported by Unicef arrived at JKIA, bringing the total number of vaccines donated recently to Kenya by the UK to 817,000 doses.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday said another consignment of approximately 400,000 doses from Canada and another consignment of Pfizer vaccines from the USA is set to arrive in mid-September.
This is an effort to achieve Kenya’s ambitious plan to have at least 10 million people vaccinated by December and 26 million by June next year.
“I am aware that there have been concerns about the unavailability of vaccines at our various vaccination sites across the country. Some have confused this to mean there is hesitancy in vaccine uptake,” Kagwe said. Where supplies have been better, we have witnessed more demand and this is as it should be.
“With the recent ramped-up supplies, access to vaccines has greatly improved. It will get even better over the next few days as we expect more doses,” he added. As of Monday, a total of 2,101,403 vaccines had been administered across the country.
About 754,542 Kenyans have received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, making the proportion of the adult population fully vaccinated stand at 2.8 per cent.
To attain herd immunity, at least 60 per cent of the entire population must be fully vaccinated.
Another 1,346,861 Kenyans have received one dose of the vaccine with the uptake of the second dose among those who had taken the first dose being 56 per cent.
In terms of priority groups, 127,457 health workers have been fully vaccinated, 111,805 teachers, 61,974 security officers, 229,699 people aged 58 years and above and 223,607 members of the public.
“Vaccines are an additional measure of protection in this fight against Covid-19. However we must not forget the containment measures that we at the ministry have advised,” Kagwe said. He added: “The vaccines we have received today will be distributed countrywide to enable our people to be vaccinated.
“This consignment is particularly a major boost, coming at a time when the country is experiencing a high demand of the vaccine in all counties.
The rollout of the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign is being led by the Health ministry with support from WHO, UNICEF, Gavi and other partners.
As well as procuring and transporting Covid-19 vaccines, Unicef is supporting the ministry in the distribution of the vaccines, procuring, deploying and managing the vaccines’ cold chain equipment. Unicef and WHO are also supporting the ministry with planning, technical support, capacity building, risk communication and community engagement.
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