March, 03, 2021 The country received the first batch of 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday night at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The vaccines were transported by UNICEF as part of the COVAX facility, which aims to provide equitable access to vaccines for all countries around the world.
Among those whose who received the consignment, were Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe who said “This is a historic day for Kenya, marking an important milestone in our fight against COVID-19.”
“This has been made possible by the leadership of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and the hard work of the Ministry of Health. I would like to thank UNICEF, WHO and GAVI for their support in procuring and transporting these life-saving vaccines and the Kenyan people for their cooperation over the past 11.5 months.” Mutahi added
A deployment plan has been made to first vaccinate healthcare workers and other essential workers including security personnel. one vaccinating station will be nominated on a per county basis .
The first vaccination will be given at the Kenyatta National Hospital on Thursday.