Kenya has on Friday received 795,600 doses of Pfizer vaccine from the United States. The doses are the first batch to arrive in the country.
Receiving the consignment was Health PS Susan Mochache on behalf of CS Mutahi Kagwe with the ministry noting that it will accelerate the vaccination drive by 60%.
“Kenya on Friday received the first batch of the Pfizer vaccine doses with the arrival of 795,600 doses from the United States.
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Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache, received the consignment on behalf of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe at JKIA and said the Pfizer vaccine doses will accelerate the ongoing vaccination campaign as Kenya strives to immunize 60% of its population.” Ministry of Health said.
Speaking at the event, PS Susan Mochache noted that the vaccine was the fourth type to arrive in the country and that the government is committing fund to ensure procurement of many other doses of the vaccines.
“This is now the fourth type of Covid-19 vaccine to be deployed in Kenya. With this consignment, the country will now have received over 6.3 million doses of assorted vaccines.
The government will continue to commit funds for procurement of vaccines by engaging manufacturers & other stakeholders both at national & regional level to ensure all those who are eligible access vaccines.
Health facilities should ensure they upload information of every person being vaccinated to the Chanjo platform.” Said PS Mochache.
Kenya has by Thursday administered 3,290,450 doses of the vaccine out of which 2,489,528 have received the first dose and 850,922 receiving both doses representing 3.1% of the population.
“A total of 3,290,450 vaccine doses had been administered in Kenya by the close of business Thursday with 2,439,528 being first doses. 850,922 persons representing 3.1 percent of the country’s entire adult population have so far been fully vaccinated.
Kenya is prioritizing those aged above 58 years, health care workers, security officers and teachers, who remain at the highest risk of contracting the virus, in the ongoing vaccination drive.
The government is targeting to increase daily vaccination rates to 150,000 by December this year. Vaccination posts will also be increased from 800 to 3,000 by December with the number rising to 7,877 by June next year.” Said Ministry of Health