Good news as Govt procures additional covid-19 vaccines

Over 1.2 million Kenyans are set to be inoculated against Covid-19 before June this year, the health ministry has said.

The government says Kenya will procure 24 million doses of covid-19 vaccine from COVAX and 11 million doses from other manufacturers, with a view to vaccinating up to 16 million people over a period of 18 months.

The announcement came even as the country recorded 141 new cases of Covid 19.

The government has set up a task force to oversee the procurement and administration of Covid-19 vaccines. Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi on Friday said 24 million doses of COVAX facility and some 11 million shots of vaccine will be procured to inoculate some 16 million Kenyans over the next 18 months.

Among the first to receive the vaccine will be healthcare workers, security agents, teachers and those working in care homes. She said the vaccine programme will be in three phases with the 1st one being between February and June this year where 1.25 million people will be vaccinated with phase 2 targeting 9.7 million people between July 2021 to June 2022.

Meanwhile, Kenya has recorded 141 new cases of Covid 19 from a sample size of 5,644 tested in the last 24 hours.  This now brings the total number of cases in the country to 100,563.

The ministry of health says 64 patients have recovered from the contagion, bringing the total number of recoveries to 83,821. No death was however recorded in the last 24 hours.

477 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,368 are on home-based isolation and care. 27 patients are in ICU, 14 of whom are on ventilatory support and 13 are on supplemental oxygen.


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