Kenya Receives Over 1 Million Additional J&J Vaccine Doses

[Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Kenya has today received 1,177,350 additional doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from the US government.

According to the Ministry of Health, the latest shipment was donated through the COVAX facility.

It brings the number of doses received in the country to 22,280,820.

This comes after the country on Monday received  4.3 million Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses from Germany and an additional 400,000 Astrazeneca doses from Argentina.

The Health Ministry says, at least 7,893,165 doses had been administered in the country by close of business Wednesday.

They included 7,769 persons aged between 15-18 years who had received their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. 

At least 3,117,034 persons in the country are now fully vaccinated, however health officials are still urging Kenyans to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

The call comes amid efforts to boost the ongoing accelerated vaccination campaign by the government.

The state also is demanding proof of Covid-19 vaccination for passengers arriving into the country.

According to the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe it will now be mandatory for all foreigners to have the Covid-19 certificate.

The CS who spoke in Kisii County on Saturday said this is in a bid to step up surveillance on the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

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