President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered members of his Cabinet and senior staff in his executive office to take the jabs as a way of encouraging public uptake.
President Kenyatta told his officials to lead by example and get the COVID-19 jab in an effort to ramp up the rollout of the national vaccination program.
The President also got vaccinated hoping he would encourage Kenyans to also take injection amid rising cases.Office of The President Chief Of Staff, Nzioka Waita receiving the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, March 26, 2021
He was alongside first lady Margaret Kenyatta, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Nyeri archbishop Anthony Muheria and Foreign Affairs CS Rachel Omamo and other leaders.
State House Chief of Staff, Nzioka Waita was among the first to receive the jab on Friday morning, March 26, under the guidance of the Ministry of Health vaccination team.
Ministry of Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina and her Public Service counterpart Margaret Kobia have also conformed to the President's call and received the jab. Defence CS Monica Juma also took the jab.
Cabinet Secretaries and executive staff are now expected to follow suit and receive the vaccine despite the fact that Deputy President William Ruto is yet to go through the process.
On Thursday, March 25, Ruto laughed off a comment on why he was yet to take up the Covid-19 jab - but encouraged other Kenyans to do so.
On the other hand, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe March 13, explained that he had not taken the vaccine because that he did not want Kenyans to accuse him of queue jumping, adding that he would patiently wait for his turn.
"I will not take the vaccine until it gets to my turn on the priority list. If I take it before I will be accused of rushing, if I do not take it, I will be accused of not leading by example," the CS said.
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