Kenya has on Monday received the second shipment of 880,320 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
Speaking while receiving the consignment, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman said the donation from the U.S. government will go a long way in supporting the ongoing vaccination drive that targets to vaccinate at least 10 million adults by the end of the year.
“You will recall that a fortnight ago on August 23, 2021, we received the first batch of 880,460 doses Moderna Vaccines from the U.S. Government and this second batch now completes the donations amounting to 1,760,780 from the US,” said Dr. Rashid.
The health CAS said the country is making steady progress in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with constraints arising from the global supply of the vaccines slowly fading away. This even as he challenged those who are yet to get vaccinated to do so.
“I want to reiterate our call to our people, particularly those who have not been vaccinated to turn up and get vaccinated now that we are having more vaccines. In the same breath, we appeal to those who took their first dose and are due for the second dose but have not turned up for it to please do so,” said the CAS.
The latest consignment comes just three days after 141,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which were procured directly by the Kenya government from South Africa under the Africa Union platform arrived in the country.
2,050,377 Kenyans had received their first dose by Sunday night, while 812,151 Kenyans representing 2.98% of the entire adult population are now fully vaccinated.
The government is targeting to increase daily vaccination rates to 150,000 by December 2021. Vaccination posts will also be increased from 800 to 3,000 by December with the number rising to 7,877 by June next year.