By Samuel Ouma
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday flagged off the national distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Almost half a million were released to the nine regional depots from the National storage centre in Kitengela, Kajiado County.
The nine regions are Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kakamega, Garissa, Meru, Nyeri, level 6 hospitals, and military level 4 hospitals.
The exercise began just hours after the first batch of the vaccine landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Wednesday ahead of first jab administration on Friday.
1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca arrived in the country from the Serum Institute of India (SII) transported by UNICEF as part of the global COVAX alliance.
Health workers will be the first people to be vaccinated, followed by teachers, security officers, and those with underlying medical conditions.
“Ours is to help these people to ensure we support them with enough doses, logistics until such time we have vaccinated our people or when we attain herd immunity … We will get more and more doses until we get the amount required.” said President Kenyatta.
Kenyatta asked Kenyans to continue observing measures put in place by the Ministry of Health to tame the spread of the novel virus-like social distancing, wearing of facemasks, and washing hands with water and soap, among others. He said the battle to combat the deadly disease is not over.
“I urge all Kenyans not to drop the guard, lets us not think that since the vaccines have arrived, life will resume normally, we have to continue protecting ourselves by adhering to the measures stipulated by the Ministry of health,” the Head of State.
President Kenyatta further called on Kenyans to desist from peddling misinformation about the vaccine urging them to ask experts any questions outside policy about execution and how it will be done.
Kenya is expected the second batch of the vaccine by the end of March or April.