BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,17TH NOV,2021-The Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced that the country had surpassed the 6 million mark in the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to newsrooms, urged the remaining Kenyans to come out and get vaccinated so as to enable the government hit the 10 million mark by December 2021 and achieve herd immunity.
CS Kagwe revealed that a total of 6,168,086 vaccines had so far been administered across the country as of November 16, 2021.
Of these, he said 3,924,602 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 2,243,484. The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 53.5%, while the proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 8.2%.
Nairobi County leads in the vaccination exercise with 23.4% of the population fully vaccinated, followed by Nyeri (19.6%), Kiambu (13.9%), Taita Taveta (11.3%), Laikipia (11.1%) and Nyandarua (10.5%).
The country’s capital is also ahead on the proportion of people above 18 years who have received the first COVID-19 dose with 35.4%, followed by Nyeri at 30.9%, Kirinyaga (23.2%), Laikipia (22.9%), Kiambu (21.5%) and Murang’a (20.6%).
Marsabit and Wajir counties are the least with 1.5% and Mandera at 1.9%.
“In this regard, I would like to announce the extension of shelf life of J&J vaccine. The extension of storage at 2-8° C of the J&J vaccine to 6 months, only applies to vaccine doses coming from the US, usually donated doses that are shipped at this temperature,” noted the CS.
“For doses coming through COVAX or the EU, the shelf-life at 2-8°C remains 4.5 months. The WHO EUL recommendation is only for 4.5 months. The storage at -20 C is 24 months for all doses.”