As Counties are getting ready to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has warned leaders making statements aimed at undermining the vaccination drive in the country.
Speaking when he led the kick off of the inoculation exercise in Meru County, where he was the first and most senior official to receive the jab, Governor Kiraitu said the unfortunate utterances by politicians is likely to inspire lack of confidence in the vaccine and therefore, roll back gains of the fight against the pandemic.
Meru County has received 6,000 doses which will be administered in order of priority with front-line workers in the health sector, uniformed services and teachers being the first to receive the shot which will be given at intervals of 8 weeks, in line with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
Elsewhere, Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki led his county by example when he became the first person to receive the Covid-19 jab in public at the Chuka Referral Hospital.
“I am glad to officially launch the vaccination programme in Tharaka Nithi County with myself being vaccinated against the deadly virus and ascertaining that there is no unusual feeling after receiving the jab,” said the governor.
According to Mutomi Njuki,1681 health care workers in 376 in private facilities, 403 from medical training colleges, 207 interns, 407 from Non-Governmental Organization, 1246 community health volunteers and 768 in faith based facilities will be vaccinated first.
The second vaccination phase is expected to commence from July where members of the general population will be vaccinated.