Four contract Covid as ministry misses vaccination target

Sunday, March 6th, 2022 22:35 | By
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. PHOTO/PD/Library

The inoculation drive against Covid-19 recorded 5,038 vaccinations in 24 hours.

This even as the country recorded four new Covid cases from 3,956 tests conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate now stands 0.1 per cent.

Contrary to the Ministry of Health’s projections early last month to vaccinate one million people daily, data at Afya House shows it has only managed an estimated average of 40,000 per day.

“As of March 5, a total of 16,876,436 vaccines have been administered across the country. Of these, 7,879,179 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 7, 709, 875,” Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe yesterday said.

Report indicates that another 1,028,336 doses have been administered to those between 15 to 17 years while 259,046 are booster doses.

In the last seven days, the average positivity rate is 0.3 percent from data available at the ministry.

The deadly Covid-19 disease has already claimed 5,641 lives since it was first reported in the country two years ago. During the period in review, an average of 43,183 people were being vaccinated per day, still falling far below the projections.

Yesterday’s report showed that the uptake of the second dose was at 64.1 per cent, while the proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 28.3 per cent.

Booster shots

The government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033.

Last week, Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Task force chairman, Dr Willis Akhwale said the ministry is targeting 4.2 million Kenyans who are fully vaccinated to receive their booster shots by December.

“The government hopes to fully vaccinate 19 million people by end of June. During the same period we are targeting to vaccinate 2.9 million teenagers between 15 and 17 years,” he said when he received a tranche of 1.36 million doses of Pfizer vaccines from the United States Government.

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