Migori residents asked to ignore Covid-19 jab rumors

About 400 frontline workers have been inoculated against Covid-19 in Migori County according to the report read during the County CoronaVirus Response Team meeting held at the governor’s residence on Monday within Migori town.

Migori County Public Health officials in charge of handling coronavirus told the meeting that 321 health workers had been vaccinated. The meeting also learned that 27 teachers had received Covid-19 jab.

Alice Muga, a Public Health official, during her speech said the county had received 9,000 Covax/AstraZeneca vaccines to be administered first to the frontline workers which includes health workers, security personnel together with the teachers.

Muga assured more than 30 security officers who had offered to be vaccinated that the vaccine was safe as the country had not recorded any side effects of the vaccine as being reported in other countries.

Migori Governor Zachary Obado co-chair of the response team said there were only two tablet registration gadgets but promised to increase the number so that more residents are registered before inoculation.

Obado said the vaccination against Covid-19 was voluntary and called on those frontline workers to embrace the vaccine while avoiding fears that the vaccine was not safe.

“Apart from the mild pain that is experienced on the first or second day after vaccination there are no other side effects of the Covid-19 jab and people should not pay attention to the rumours going around,” Obado said.

Governor Obado praised technology that has improved the period of getting Covid-19 test results and that one can obtain your results immediately after getting tested. He said a lot of capacity building has been done and vaccination is being administered at all the sub-county hospitals.

Obado however said that all morgues both public and private are not to accept any dead bodies from home and that any person who dies in the hospital should be collected from the morgue after two days.

The governor directed that all gatherings whether weddings, burials or church service should not exceed 100 people.  He urged all the residents to adhere to the regulations and rules put out by the government to control the spread of Covid-19 and observe all the precautions stated out.

County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich said the team was using a multi-agency approach from National Government security personnel and County Government health workers to step up surveillance at the border of Kenya and Tanzania.  

Cherutich assured that enhanced security personnel patrol at the border will slow down the spread of Covid-19. He said that police officers will conduct night patrols to make sure that the curfew hours are reinforced and observed by all people.

Cherutich asked the public to report any lawbreakers in order to help the police in ensuring that all protocols are observed.

He said that they are working with the ministry of health which will volunteer some people to work with the police at the border points to make sure that all porous points are covered.

During the meeting, more than 30 security officers received Covid-19 jabs led by County Police Commander Manasseh Musyoka.


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