Kenya Army has rolled out the administration of the coronavirus vaccine to its officers.
Chief of Defense Forces General Robert Kibochi said this will see all the soldiers and their families get the jab.
Kibochi while at Kahawa Garrison, told the soldiers to ignore fake news circulating about the vaccine that is not effective and take the jab.
“Ignore fake news and take the vaccination, this is a perfect chance to protect yourselves. After vaccination you should also stop the perception that that once vaccinated you drop the guard, you can still be infected with another variant so we must continue to adhere to all the containment measures,” said Kibochi.
Kibochi said the soldiers should take advantage of efforts being put in place by the government to protect them since it remains unclear of how long the disease will be around.
“We continue to stress on the importance that prevention is better than cure. I have today taken the jab and you can see there is no any side effect. I look forward to a very relaxed time,” he said.
He said the vaccination was happening concurrently at all their garrisons including Mtongwe, Nanyuki, Laikipia and Gilgil.
“We want also to assure our troops in Somalia that we shall reach out to them so they should not feel left out. We know they make contacts with people and thus it is only prudent that we remember them,” he said.
He said there are about 5,000 troops in Somalia.
“We shall also ensure that all the 5,000 new recruits in various training centres get the vaccination. This will play a key role in ensuring that none gets infected,” he said.
Kibochi said the department of defense continues to ensure enough masks are supplied and distance is kept in all operations.
“As we remain committed to our calls to train hard and win easy, we continue to call on all soldiers to take personal responsibility to wear masks, wash hands, sanitise and keep distance,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Commander Kenya Air Force (KAF) Major General Francis Ogolla who encouraged all Air Force Personnel to participate in the exercise and continue observing the Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols.
“There is nothing to fear about the vaccine. I have taken the jab and as you can see I am fine. This vaccine is developed by experts and has been tested and found effective. Of importance also is to continue observing the preventive measures currently in place even after getting vaccinated,” Ogolla said.