Tuesday, December 7

Bungoma Residents Turn out en masse for Jabs after Kagwe’s directive

By: Dishon Amanya

Bungoma residents have turned out in large numbers to get the Covid 19 Vaccines, this is after the ministry of health directive.

Kenya will require people seeking government services to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus from Dec. 21 as authorities move to increase inoculation before the year-end holiday season.

The government will restrict in-person services at the revenue, transport, ports, immigration and education agencies, Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said. The state will also limit access to hospitals, prisons, game parks as well as hotels, bars, restaurants and businesses that attend to 50 people or more in a day, Kagwe said in a statement.

Speaking to the residents who turned out to get the vaccines, they said they cannot stay without travelling because they do that on a daily basis to carry out their daily activities.

“When they restrict going to hotels and travelling we will suffer as a businessman. I travel on a daily basis, and have not only come to take the vaccines because of the restrictions from the ministry of health but also it is good for my health. ” Peter Wafula explained. 

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Others said they had feared at first to take the job because of the claims that they heard about the jab, the ministry has assured the netizens that the jab is Safe and people need to receive it to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta wants at least 10 million people in the nation of about 53 million to be vaccinated against Covid-19 before the end of the year as part of plans to support the recovery of East Africa’s largest economy. So far, only about 6.4 million vaccinations have been administered, with about 2.4 people fully inoculated.

Kenya’s virus cases have dropped, with the positivity rate ranging from 0.8% to 2.6% over the past two weeks. The government is, however, wary of new spikes over the Christmas season next month and as political gatherings increase ahead of next year’s general elections.

“The current decline in the number of new infections may be attributed to a buildup of immunity both through natural exposure to the disease and the ongoing vaccination exercise,” Kagwe said. “Nonetheless, we know that it’s not yet time for us to celebrate.”

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A 10-day mass vaccination campaign will be rolled out from Nov. 26 to boost the number of inoculated people. Kenya’s Pharmacy and Poisons Board has also given emergency authorization for the use of Pfizer Inc.’s vaccines on teenagers.

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