Unvaccinated Kenyans to Be Denied Govt Services - CS Kagwe

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe

Kenyans shunning Covid-19 vaccination will not be able to access government services, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has announced. 

Addressing the press on Sunday, November 21, the CS urged Kenyans to ensure that they are fully vaccinated before December 21 after which they would be locked out of government services.

The CS also noted that teenagers above the age of 12 years would be inoculated against Covid-19 from November 23, 2021.

He further noted that the country was enjoying low infections largely because of the measures that the state put in place to curb its spread.

President Uhuru Kenyatta receiving Covid-19 vaccine on March 26, 2021 at State House, Nairobi.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on March 26, 2021 at State House, Nairobi.

Among services to be affected include education and those offered by the Kenya Revenue Authority and Kenya Ports Authority.

"Everybody seeking in-person government services should be fully vaccinated and proof of vaccination availed by December 21, 2021.

"Such services will include but not limited to: KRA services, Education, Immigration services, Hospital and Prison visitation, NTSA and port services among others," he stated.

The CS further indicated that the government was preparing a robust vaccination exercise countrywide beginning November 26 to ensure that over 30 million individuals are vaccinated by the end of the years.

"All motorable operators, that is drivers, conductors, bodaboda riders, pilots, Air Hostesses and all others working in the sector should be fully vaccinated and carry proof of vaccination at all times," added the statement.

The new directive will also demand that enterprises serving more than 50 people should put up signs requiring vaccinated customers. Parks and game reserves will be closed for all unvaccinated individuals.

Indoor gatherings have also been limited to three quarters of the room and all participants must be vaccinated.

So far, the Ministry of Health is concerned with low uptakes of the vaccines in high density counties of Kakamega, Siaya, Meru, Bungoma, Busia, Migori and Homa Bay.

He noted that some countries are considering tougher measures such as Slovakia which, according to reports, has banned all unvaccinated people from all non-essential stores and malls.

China, on the other hand, is set to impose restrictions on conferences and events for unvaccinated people in Beijing. Austria is seeking to impose a lockdown for the unvaccinated.

A medicine vial labelled coronavirus vaccine.
A medicine vial labelled coronavirus vaccine.