Kenya has marked the move for planning to roll out the COVID-19 jab with the president already vaccinated. The vaccine rollout is now expected to up days after the presidential address made on 26th of March 2021.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday directed his entire Cabinet and executive office to get vaccinated for Covid-19.
According to the national Covid-19 vaccines deployment and vaccination plan, Kenya was to initiate Phase 1 of inoculation between February and June 2021, targeting 1.25 million people, key among them front line health workers and other cadres in priority sectors.
Phase II, which will run between July and June, will target the most vulnerable including the elderly and those above 18 years with comorbidities. It targets 9.76 million people.
�To date, we have vaccinated 64,100 persons and the last two days we have had an average of 10,000 vaccinations administered. Over the next two weeks, we aim to be vaccinating over 20,000 people per day,� MoH said in a Tweet on Wednesday evening.
The plans are required for countries to receive vaccines from COVAX, the global initiative to ensure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines led by WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
These thorough vaccine preparation plans will help ensure Kenyans can hit the ground running in quickly immunizing the most vulnerable people. Meticulous planning is key to ensuring vaccines reach all priority groups, wherever they are, in every county.
The world now has its clearest pathway yet to ending the acute stage of this pandemic, globally.
The move to roll out COVID-19 vaccines comes as new evidence shows new variants of the virus are spreading across the continents of the world. In all the African countries that have detected the new variants, the pandemic spread faster in the second wave than in the first one.
Variant 501Y.V2 [also known as B1.351] first identified in South Africa is predominant in South Africa and has been detected in Kenya and other seven African countries.
As the Government scales up the rollout of the national #COVID19 Vaccine program, H.E the President has directed his entire Cabinet and Executive Office to lead by example and get the jab.