Ministry of Health (MOH) Says All is Set to Receive and Distribute the Covid-19 Vaccine
As the country is set to receive its first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in mid-February, the Ministry of Health said it’s ready to receive the vaccines, store them, and distribute them countrywide.
Even with the country set to receive the vaccines, there has been a growing mistrust and misinformation about the vaccine but the government is looking to use the dialogue to address the misinformation.
Kenya is targeting to vaccine 1.25 million Kenyans between February and June in the first of the three phases.
The Chairman of the COVID-19 taskforce for vaccine deployment Dr. Willis Akhawale said the country has made necessary preparations for the vaccine.
The task force has prepared vaccine storage sites in Kitengela (the main one), Nyeri, Nairobi, Garissa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Meru, Kakamega, Eldoret, and Mombasa in order to serve the entire nation.
“Immediately the vaccines arrive, we’re ready and steady to start the vaccination. A lot of the killer diseases – measles, whooping cough/pertussis – without vaccination there would have been many deaths, so vaccines have had a very big impact in protecting lives,” said Dr. Akhwale.
However, most Kenyans fear the vaccine but the Ministry of Health has maintained that the vaccine will be optional and free and maintained that it will be safe.