Kenya orders COVID-19 vaccination of persons above 18 with underlying health conditions

A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca Plc Covid-19 vaccine to a resident at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. /Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Kenya’s ministry of health has directed that the bracket for the COVID-19 vaccination priority groups be expanded to include all persons above 18 years with underlying medical conditions or disabilities.

Kenya’s health cabinet secretary also announced that persons above 50 years of age should also be included in the list.

Previously, the ministry of health prioritized persons above 58 years, health care workers, frontline workers among others.

The country has thus far administered about 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, and has over 814,000 fully vaccinated persons.

The CS was speaking on Tuesday morning as he received a donation of deep freezers for the vaccines, by the Japanese government.

Kagwe also announced that further to the Moderna vaccine, the U.S. government has donated another 2,032,290 doses, this time of Pfizer vaccines.

These will become the fourth type of COVID-19 vaccines in the country after AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, the first consignment will be made in the coming week.

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