BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,2ND ,DEC 2021-The Government of Kenya Thursday received 2.3million doses of Astrazeneca vaccines from the German government.
The vaccines were received by Ministry of Health officials led by the Chair of The National Task Force on vaccines against Covid-19 Dr Willis Akhwale.
While receiving the vaccines, Dr Akhwale noted that this was the largest consignment of Covid-19 vaccines to be donated to Kenya.
He also assured Kenyans that Kenya will soon have adequate vaccines as more nations donate towards our cause.
Dr Akhwale in addition said that Kenya has so far received over 16 million vaccines. Out of those, 7.2 vaccines have been used while 9 million are ready to be used.
“94 per cent of health workers are fully vaccinated, teachers are at 91 per cent which is good progress among our priority groups, we have also seen an uptake of Covid vaccines,” he said.
Crediting the measures announced by the Covid-19 response team chaired by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Dr Akhwale said daily uptake of the vaccine had increased to 111,000 doses administered in a single day on Tuesday.
People presenting themselves for the first doses have also tripled from 20,000 to 60,000 daily.
On booster doses, Dr Akhwale said that for the time being, the focus is to reach especially the elderly with the first doses. “Hence outreaches are ongoing in the rural areas,” he added.
On Wednesday, Kenya received an additional 1,462,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines in yet another boost for the ongoing accelerated Covid-19 vaccination drive.
The shipment was a donation from development partners with Denmark donating 266,400, Belgium 445,300 while 750, 7000 doses were received from the Netherlands.
As of November 29th 2021, a total of 7,063,927 vaccines had so far been administered across the country.
Of these, 4,354,454 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 2,709,473.
The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 57.0%.
The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 9.9%. The Government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033.
Meanwhile, 76 people tested positive for Covid-19 from a sample size of 4,853 tested in the last 24 hours bringing the positivity rate to now 1.6%.
In a statement on Wednesday, Kagwe said from the cases 66 are Kenyans while 10 are foreigners. 46 males and 30 are females. The youngest is a one-year-old child while the oldest is 88 years.
Total confirmed positive cases are now 255,164 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,839,918.
In terms of County distribution; Kagwe said Nairobi had recorded 32, Nyamira 8, Kericho 7, Meru 4, Siaya 4, Nakuru 4, Bomet 3, Lamu 3, Uasin Gishu 2, Baringo 1, Bungoma 1, Kiambu 1, Kisumu 1, Kwale 1, Laikipia 1, Narok 1, Nyandarua 1 and Trans Nzoia 1.