Govt Plans to Vaccinate 1.2M Kenyans Against Covid-19 by June

  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.
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  • The Ministry of Health has issued an update on the Covid-19 vaccination plan with both levels of government working to ensure that the vulnerable get priority access to the vaccines. 

    The ministry, in a statement, said it is already engaging the Council of Governors with the aim of working towards a smooth introduction of the vaccine by ensuring all logistical arrangements are in place for the expected delivery of vaccines before the end of February.

    The vaccination program is divided into 3 phases. In Phase 1, Kenya has prioritized the vaccination of 1.25 million people between February and June 2021 when it is expected that global vaccine stocks will be limited. 

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media at Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media at Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke

    The people to be covered in this period include frontline healthcare workers and all staff working in health facilities both in public and private sectors. Also prioritized are workers undertaking essential services in priority sectors like security and immigration. 

    During the second phase (July 2021 to June 2022) and as more vaccines become available, the plan is to vaccinate 9.7 million more Kenyans, targeting persons above 50 years of age and those above 18 years of age with underlying health conditions. 

    The Ministry of Health has also reported 141 people have tested positive for Covid-19, out of a sample size of 5,644 tested in the last 24 hours. 

    The total confirmed positive cases are now 100,563. The cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,177,811. 

    From the cases, 124 are Kenyans while 17 are foreigners. 71 are females while 70 are males. 

    The youngest is a two-month-old infant while the oldest is 100.

    64 patients have recovered from the disease. 44 from the Home-Based Isolation and Care while 20 are from various health facilities. The total recoveries now stand at 83,821.

    Fortunately, today there are no deaths reported therefore our fatality remains at 1,753.

    There are 477 patients currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,368 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

    27 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 14 of whom are on ventilatory support and 13 on supplemental oxygen.

    Another 16 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 11 of them in the general wards. 5 patients are in the High Dependency Unit.