Kenyan expects second batch of COVID-19 vaccine this week

Health Ministry now says those who received the first dose of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine will get the second dose by the end of this week.

The ministry  however maintained that the delayed second shot will not affect the protection levels against the virus.

A total of 953,954 persons have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease in Kenya.

The  Ministry said the number is inclusive of health care workers, teachers, security officers and other members of the public.

The delay of the second dose of AstraZeneca was occasioned after  India banned the export of COVID-19 vaccines sending panic across the region.

“The more people you vaccinate even with one dose, the better because they do get some level of immunity,” Kenya’s Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said at a press briefing in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, was manufactured in India under license by the name of Covishield.

But many Kenyans have asked the government to allow private importation of different types of vaccines . The importation was banned after reports earlier in the year said Sputnik V was imported illegally .

Government is also planning to acquire the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that has only one dose .

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