President Uhuru Kenyatta had a warning message for journalists on March 4, 2021, when he went to inspect the Central Vaccine Depot in Kitengela,where the Covid-19 vaccine is being stored.
He cautioned members of the fourth estate against spreading false information that is likely to turn Kenyans against the vaccines.
The head of state noted that the jab had passed all the necessary tests and had the blessings of medical experts.President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing journalists at the Central Vaccine Depot in Kitengela, Kajiado County on March 4, 2021.PSCU
“Our colleagues in the fourth estate should stop disseminating rumours and half-truths. We have met as a Cabinet and we have made it very clear that the policy of my administration is that the first persons to be administered with this vaccine are the frontline workers,” President Kenyatta said.
He urged that the media should play its part in rallying the country to accept the vaccine which is already facing apathy from a section of people.
He added that facts, statistics and updates about the vaccination should only come from the Ministry of Health.
“Stop any kind of insinuation that may create any kind of dissatisfaction amongst your people. This is a time for us to come together and ensure we are able to provide this much-needed service to our people,” Kenyatta spoke.
The head of state who was also accompanied by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe flagged off the vaccines to be transported to different sectors of the country.
CS Kagwe stated that the Kitengela vaccine centre holds vaccines worth Ksh6 billion every year including those for Polio disease.
He also revealed that the country had received the first consignment of the vaccine for free with the help of development partners.
"I would like to assure Kenyans that the Ministry will continue with the chain and has the capacity to handle vaccines and their transportation.
“Once we vaccinate the very vulnerable groups, the rate of infections will start to go down. The progress in the industry will determine the speed at which we execute the responsibility,” stated Kagwe.President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting the Central Vaccine Depot in Kitengela, Kajiado County on March 4, 2021File
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