Wajir County Health Department has rolled out campaign to sensitize the community on the importance of taking the Covid-19 vaccine.
This is according to Wajir Chief Officer Public Health and Sanitation, Adan Omar who said they will be holding talk shows to not only sensitize, but also to allow residents to ask all pertinent questions pertaining the vaccines.
Omar, who spoke during the launch of the exercise where he was also the first to receive the jab , said there have been growing fears among residents about the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccines.
He said the Health Department was aware of this, disclosing that the talk shows and public address systems that will be mounted across the county will help ‘demystify the myth around the vaccine’.
Omar said the department has received 6,000 doses of the vaccine and that the first phase will see all personnel involved in service delivery in all health facilities and at administrative levels vaccinated.
“Covid-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness. offer some natural protection, known as immunity,” said Omar.
The second phase will cover individuals over 50 years of age, those with comorbidities, persons above 18 years living with cancer, diabetes, sickle cell, chronic lung, cardiovascular, and renal diseases, HIV, tuberculosis, obesity, neurologic conditions and blood disorders.
He said in the third phase individuals in congregate settings: Persons care homes, prisons and detention centers, shelters; street families; densely populated informal settlements and individuals working in the entertainment, restaurant, retail and banking sector will be inoculated.