Kenya’s COVID-19 vaccinations top 930,000

FILE PHOTO: Technicians show empty containers used for the transport of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after the vaccines were put into refrigerated storage units at the central vaccine depot in Kitengela town on the outskirts of Nairobi, in Kenya Thursday, March 4, 2021. /Ben Curtis /VCG
FILE PHOTO: Technicians show empty containers used for the transport of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after the vaccines were put into refrigerated storage units at the central vaccine depot in Kitengela town on the outskirts of Nairobi, in Kenya Thursday, March 4, 2021. /Ben Curtis /VCG

The number of people that have received a COVID-19 vaccine in Kenya reached 930,460 on Thursday as the country continues its mass inoculations.

The number was announced by the Ministry of Health during a daily COVID-19 briefing.

Kenya’s vaccination drive has focused on groups considered to be at high risk, including health care workers and the elderly.

A break down given by the ministry showed that of the total vaccinations, 283,507 are people aged 58 years and above, 162,071 are health workers, 145,796 are teachers, while security Officers accounted for 78,684.

Kenya rolled out its mass vaccination drive on March 5 after receiving some 1.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

With global vaccine supply chain challenges under the COVAX program, the Kenyan government is set to order two million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for its inoculation drive.

The East African country still expects to obtain some 25 million more doses for its over 52 million population, as plans remain in place to start the administration of the second jabs.

By Thursday, the country had reported 164,720 COVID-19 infections with 2,968 deaths.