Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday received the COVID-19 vaccine injection alongside First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in Nairobi.
The first family and senior government officials including Cabinet secretaries received vaccination shortly after Kenyatta addressed the nation and introduced a new raft of measures to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
Kenyatta who received the jab in public reiterated that it is one of the ways to safeguard oneself against the virus.
The president had earlier directed all cabinet secretaries and those working in the executive office to be vaccinated and, “lead by example” as the government scales up the roll-out exercise of the COVID-19 vaccine.
While introducing a raft of new measures to contain the spread of the virus including a revision of the daily curfew and cessation of movements in key town, the Head of State urged Kenyans to observe these measures to avert further deaths.
“In less than 12 days, our admission in hospitals has increased by 52 percent. The positivity rate is the highest since the pandemic began and the stress on our health care is unparalleled,” Kenyatta said.
The East African nation on March 2 received 1.02 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The first phase of the vaccination campaign will run until the end of June and benefit 1.2 million Kenyans. Kenya on Thursday revised its priority list of those to be vaccinated to include people aged 58 years and above.