Kenya’s 24 million vaccines already shipped, CS Mutahi Kagwe says

As Kenyans highly await the arrival of 24 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said that it will not be for all the 49 million Kenyans.

Kagwe said that OxFord/Astra Zeneca vaccine has been shipped and will arrive in the country the first quarter of the year with priority being given to police officers, teachers and persons aged 50 and above as well as those with underlying medical conditions.

“No vaccine will be sold to the 49 millions Kenyans. I urge you not to ignore safety protocols because the vaccine will be given in phases,” said Kagwe at Kenol market during the official opening of Santa More Specialised Surgical Hospital according to the Standard.

Health workers in the public and private sectors will also be among the first beneficiaries to get the vaccine.

OxFord/Astra Zeneca vaccine has been okayed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Kagwe had in the past said that only 20 percent of Kenya’s population will be vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases rose to 93,761on Friday after 356 people tested positive.