CS Kagwe Issues Warning As Covid-19 Vaccines Land in Kenya

  • Health CS Mutahi Kagwe receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
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  • On Tuesday, March 2, the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines comprising of 1.02 million doses arrived in Kenya at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

    Receiving the consignment was Health CS Mutahi Kagwe who noted that the vaccine had marked a significant step in fighting the disease.

    "We are all very excited about this particular event, receiving the vaccine for the first time in our country.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (centre) receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (centre) receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
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    "What we have received here, metaphorically speaking, is equivalent to the acquisition of machine guns, bazookas, and tanks to fight this war against Covid-19," he stated.

    The CS, however, noted that the war against the Covid-19 pandemic was far from over warning Kenyans not to let their guards down and keep up with the preventive measures.

    The first batch of Covid-19 vaccine arriving in Kenya on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. ​
    The first batch of Covid-19 vaccine arriving in Kenya on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.


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    He disclosed the rollout of the vaccine would be conducted in phases with a plan to vaccinate 15.8 million people which represents 30 percent of the population. 

    "We will start with our health workers, after that, we will roll it out to other frontline workers, police and teachers"

    "Thereafter people with co-morbidities that put them at highest risk of severe Covid-19 disease," he explained.

    After landing, the vaccine was transported to the warehouse in Kitengela for distribution to other counties.

    The government revealed that it had government has set up systems to prevent theft of the crucial vaccines. 

    The Head of the Covid-19 vaccine advisory taskforce Chairman Willis Akhwale stated that the imported vaccines would be easily traced once they arrive in the country.

    "The batches will be equipped with barcodes that will help in serialisation and traceability of the vaccines," he explained.