President Uhuru Kenyatta has cautioned Kenyans to stop peddling falsehoods on the COVID-19 vaccination exercise, even as he assured that health workers will be vaccinated first.
Uhuru reiterated Government’s commitment to ensure the success of the vaccination exercise and urged Kenyans to continue observing Covid-19 containment protocols.
“The frontline health workers and service providers will be the first in line to receive the vaccine,” said President Kenyatta.
Addressing the press when he flagged off the countrywide distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kitengela, the Head of State said that the vaccines will go to the nine regional storage centres in the country with the first dose expected to be administered on Friday at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
The 1.02 million doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine arrived in the country on Tuesday night with an assurance that another consignment is expected to arrive in the country at the end of March.
Kenya, which has so far recorded over 106,470 infections and 1,863 deaths.
The country has taken a major economic hit from the virus, which cut the flow of tourists, a crucial source of foreign exchange and jobs.
Nairobi plans to prioritize 400,000 health workers nationwide in a vaccination campaign starting on Friday.