March, 5th 2021 – The first 10 Kenyans have received the COVID-19 vaccine at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.
Health CAS Dr. Patrick Amoth, who was the first one to be inoculated, assured Kenyans that the vaccine is safe and free for all.
He also said, the vaccines will be offered for all Kenyans who are willing, starting with health workers and other frontline workers.
Speaking at the same time, UN Resident Coordinator Stephen Jackson said, Kenyans should not let their guard down despite the introduction of the vaccines.
He maintained that vaccination is not enough to keep out the virus.
All those who were vaccinated, were directed to sign a consent note, and afterwards rest for 30 minutes before being discharged.
According to Health PS Susan Mochache, vaccination exercise in all county referral hospitals will begin after the launch at KNH. She added that the ministry is employing a data management registry to enable traceability and provide required reports.
She said, “It is our responsibility yo ensure all the health care workers get support. This may mark the beginning of the end of the pandemic.”
WHO Representative in Kenya Rudi Eggers also added that there will be no cost to Kenyans for the vaccine. He however added that there is still need to continue wearing masks, washing of hands and ensuring social distance.
He said, ” With the vaccine arrival we are on the road to full recovery from the pandemic.”