Kenya’s ministry of health on Monday announced that it will starting immediately prioritize persons aged above 58 years in the ongoing COVID-19 mass vaccination drive.
The ministry noted a surge in daily new infections that prompted the East African country to declare a third wave of the virus, adding that there was an “increasing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.”
“According to our data, these (persons aged 58 years and above) are at most risk of severe disease and account for 60 percent of our recorded deaths,” said a statement from the ministry.
By Thursday, Kenya had reported a total of 124,707 COVID-19 infections with 2,066 fatalities.
The country’s caseload is the eighth-highest in Africa and the death toll is also the eighth-highest registered on the continent.
The ministry of health urged political, religious and community leaders to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to boost the public’s confidence in the jabs.
Covid-19 vaccination update:
Persons aged 58 & above have been prioritized in the ongoing phase 1 vaccination exercise, Dr Willis Akhwale, Chair Covid-19 Vaccine Development Taskforce. pic.twitter.com/VI8XQUu2gq
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) March 25, 2021