Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Thursday announced plans to roll out the administration of the second doses of COVID-19 vaccines by May 5.
Residents of the East African country continue to receive their first jabs of the inoculations, with the mass vaccination drive prioritizing groups considered to be at high risk, including healthcare workers, the elderly and essential service providers such as security officers and teachers.
By Wednesday, more than 340,000 people had received their first shots of the vaccines.
339,893 people had been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine while another 228 received the Russia-manufactured Sputnik V vaccine.
The health ministry noted that it targets to hit 400,000 vaccinations by the end of the week.
Kenya rolled out its mass vaccination drive on March 5 after receiving some 1.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The country now expects to obtain some 25 million doses for its over 52 million population.
Kenya is expected to get 25 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) April 8, 2021
The East African country has so far recorded 141,365 confirmed COVID-19 infections with 2,276 deaths.
Various government-imposed containment measures remain in place, including a nationwide nighttime curfew, a partial lockdown of the highly affected regions as well as a mandatory wearing of face coverings in public.