2,000 health workers in Kirinyaga county will be the first to receive the Covid-19 jab following the launch of the vaccination drive last Friday.
Speaking at the Kerugoya Stadium, Governor Anne Waiguru said the first priority will be given to the health workers then the next 1,000 will receive it afterwards.
Police and teachers will be next to be inoculated. The governor said after the three cadres receive the vaccine, it will be rolled out for free to the residents.
Kirinyaga received 3,000 vaccines for the first phase while the last batch of 3,000 will be received in two weeks time for phase two.
She said that at the renal unit the health workers were highly hit by corona where the county has so far lost seven people, while over 488 are infected.
“The vaccine is being used in Australia so Kirinyaga people should not listen to propaganda and lies being peddled pertaining the vaccines. It is for our own good so that we can keep the masks away from us” she said.
Kenya received 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca from the Covax facility, a global initiative to ensure equitable access to the Covid-19 vaccines.
Other African Countries including Rwanda Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, among others, have started receiving Covid-19 vaccines under Covax facility since late February.
East Africa will receive close to 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from the Covax facility. However, the doses are only allocated to countries that have signed up to be part of the initiative.
Kenya will receive 4.2 million, Rwanda 1.1 million, Uganda 3.6 million and South Sudan 864,000.