Kenya launches national accelerated Covid vaccination campaign

Kenya Wednesday stepped up its vaccination drive with the roll out of a national accelerated campaign dubbed kuwa shujaa pata chanjo tufungue nchi.

The campaign targets to have 10 million vaccinations in the next three months, with a mid-term target of 5.8 million vaccinations by Mashujaa day celebrations on 20th of October.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe who launched the campaign in Kiambu County urged the county governments to work with the Ministry of Health to increase vaccination coverage.

“We are appealing to other county governments to do exactly the same, let us mobilize the vehicles that we have for other purposes so that we can reach the unreached as far as vaccination is concerned’’

The CS thanked the global community for continued support in vaccine supplies.

“Let us make sure that we create a world where we are safe as a globe and the only way we are going to be safe is when everyone is safe so that we can all be safe”.

Kagwe called on the global community to unite and ensure equity in access of COVID-19 vaccines.

“International solidary during this time is critical. It is important to work towards vaccine equity; we must balance the equation. We are appealing to the world community to stop vaccine apartheid, where some countries are vaccinating even children while sections of the world have not yet started vaccinating adults” he pointed out.

The government is targeting to vaccinate 27.2 million people.  So far 3.7 million vaccines  administered. Of these, total first doses were 2,813,477 while second doses were 898,553. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 31.9%.  Proportion of adults fully vaccinated stands at 3.3%.

Marsabit, Wajir, Garisa, Turkana and Mandera are among counties with the least proportion of adults vaccinated against coronavirus registering 1.2 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively.

On the Covid situation, 404 more cases were reported from a sample size of 6,309 tested in the last 24 hours pushing up the positivity rate to 6.4 pc. From the cases 390 of them are Kenyans while 14 are foreigners. 206 males while 198 are females.

The youngest is a 6-day-old infant while the oldest is 106 years. Total confirmed positive cases are now 249,174 from 2,549,996 cumulative tests.

Three patients succumbed to the disease, one of them having occurred in the last 24 hours while two are late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of September 2021. This now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 5,119.

A total of 1,042 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 2,247 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

75 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 46 of whom are on ventilatory support and 29 on supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation.   Another 336 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 324 of them in general wards and 12 in High Dependency Units  (HDU).

Total recoveries now stand at 241,411 after 231 patients were given a clean bill of health.



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