Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has challenged Ministry of Health to take requisite steps to affirm the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines in the face of emerging concerns.
In statement issued on Tuesday, the Catholic clerics demanded that the Ministry of Health should also run a campaign aimed at encouraging people to get vaccinated.
“We urge the Ministry of Health to take all the necessary steps required to affirm to the public that the vaccines are genuine, safe and effective in order to encourage people to be vaccinated,” said KCCB in a statement sent to newsrooms.
The College of Catholic Bishops said receiving the vaccine was an act of charity towards other community members and should be considered a moral responsibility for the common good.
While appealing to Kenyans to be vaccinated, KCCB noted that the vaccination can only be done on voluntary basis and at the discretion of an individual after informed consent.
“We therefore appeal to the consciences of Kenyans to accept the COVID-19 vaccines in the light of assurance given by the Ministry of Health,” said the Bishops.
KCCB at the same time cautioned Kenyans who decline the vaccine to be wary of the deadly virus calling on them to adhere to the containment measures put in place by the Health Ministry.
KCCB has also availed its facilities to be utilized to ensure the vaccination exercise is rolled out in an objective and well-coordinated manner so that it reaches the most vulnerable in the society.
The Catholic Bishops at the same time distanced themselves from a recent statement issued by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) that raised questions over the efficacy of the vaccine.