The country received 500,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on Thursday evening.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says the consignment was acquired through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust mechanism.
Kagwe further notes this will see the government reach its target of vaccinating 10 million Kenyans by the end of this year.
“The vaccine supply situation in the country has now been greatly improved. By next week, we will have supplied all doses required for us to hit our target of 10 million people by end of December,” said Kagwe.
This follows a directive by the CS on medical workers to use the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that are currently in the country, within 30 days, so as to avoid wastage of the vaccines
He also urged Kenyans to get vaccinated saying there are enough doses for same.
“I appeal to Kenyans not to relent, to ensure that you are vaccinated. I appeal to younger people to get vaccinated and to ensure that their parents are also vaccinated,” he advised.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is ramping up COVID-19 vaccination in drought-hit counties through food distribution networks.
Speaking alongside CS Kagwe, Acting Director General for Health Patrick Amoth said this has been made possible through partnerships with Non-Governmental Organizations.
Amoth said the Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs, and Special Programmes which handles Devolution to get as many people vaccinated.
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