Kenya ramps up vaccination drive against COVID-19 to hit target

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A Kenyan man receives a dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine donated by Britain, at the Makongeni Estate in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (Photo by Brian Inganga via CFP)
A Kenyan man receives a dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine donated by Britain, at the Makongeni Estate in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. /CFP

Kenya’s Ministry of Health vowed to intensify vaccination efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic after receiving more than 4.6 million doses on Monday evening.

Mutahi Kagwe, Health Cabinet Secretary said 4.3 million COVID-19 doses of Johnson & Johnson were donated by Germany while 400,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses were donated by Argentina via the COVAX facility.

Kagwe urged those who are yet to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so, saying the additional vaccine doses will boost the ongoing accelerated vaccination campaign across the country.

The arrival of the single jabs comes as the ministry announced that the country had run out of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

According to the Health Ministry data, total vaccines available as of December 3 was 3.47 million and Kenya has so far vaccinated 7.68 million people as of Monday, out of a target population of 27.25 million.

Out of these, the ministry said, 4.68 million were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were three million.

The East African nation targets to have at least ten million Kenyans vaccinated by end of December.

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