Gov’t targets 800,000 school leavers for Covid-19 vaccination

MOCHACHE COVID VACCINATION

The government is targeting over 800, 000 KCSE school leavers for Covid-19 vaccination as part of its strategy to attained 50 per cent of the teenage population protected against the pandemic.

Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health Susan Mochache has urged parents and guardians to encourage teenagers to get vaccinated as a way to protect the more vulnerable senior citizens against Covid-19.

The PS made the appeal when she presided over the official launch of accelerated Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Kibra, Nairobi, on Thursday, June 2.

The government, PS Mochache said, targets to vaccinate 100 percent adult population and 50 percent of the teenage population.

The six weeks’ campaign is a jointly conducted by the Ministry of Health and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) with support of WHO, UNICEF and USAID.

The PS was flanked by NMS Medical Director Dr Ouma Oluga.

Since the 12th of March 2020, when the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Kenya, the Ministry of Health has reported a total of 324,976 cases, and 5,651 fatalities.

In March 2021, the government of Kenya introduced Covid-19 vaccination augmenting the effect of other interventions including proper frequent hand washing, social distancing, the use of sanitizers and the use of masks to curb the spread of the virus.

Covid-19 vaccination remains the most effective intervention in the fight against this pandemic.

PS Mochache hailed Nairobi County for attaining the second-best coverage nationally at 48.8% of adults. In addition, at least 115,000 persons have received booster doses.

Despite these gains, the PS regretted that there remains a large population that is un-vaccinated.

“We need to reach an additional 1.5 million adults and to vaccinate 300,000 teenagers in Nairobi.  We have recently witnessed an increase in reported cases of Covid-19 and the high population density in Nairobi poses the risk of propagation of another pandemic wave,” she noted.

She urged Kenyans to get vaccinated to avoid a new wave of the pandemic.

“We have achieved a lot in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic as follows. There are enough vaccines for everyone. We have ordered and received vaccines and distributed throughout the country and we continue to do so. We no longer have vaccine shortage,” PS Mochache said.

To scale up the fight against the pandemic, the ministry of health has trained Health Promotion and Community health teams and engagement of communities such as religious leaders, school management, transport sector and women and youth groups is ongoing. 

Community mobilisation and dialogues are ongoing in all counties.

The Ministry of Health is targeting to vaccinate 100% of the adult population and 50% of the teenage population aged between 15-17 years by the end of the year. 

Currently 8.7 million Kenyans are fully vaccinated translating to 31% of the population.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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