Kenya cautions its citizens against paying for COVID-19 vaccines

A resident receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Plc Covid-19 vaccine at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, Patrick Meinhardt/Getty Images

Kenya’s health ministry has cautioned its citizens against paying for COVID-19 vaccines.

This is in response to reports published by a Kenyan tabloid claiming dozens of citizens were duped into paying for fake Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses.

“Following the reports, the ministry would like to urge Kenyans not to get lured into paying for a COVID-19 vaccine. All vaccines provided by the Government of Kenya are free of charge.” The statement by the ministry read.

“The ministry also wishes to confirm that the J&J vaccine has never been deployed. The first batch of 141,600 doses of the J&J vaccine was received in the first week of September 2021. The vaccine will be deployed to different health centers nationwide from today, Thursday September 9.”

In a continued effort to ensure 10 million Kenyans are vaccinated by December 2021, the government is deploying multiple vaccines at its own cost to eligible adults.


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