Govt in new Covid-19 vaccination push after spike in infections
The government yesterday launched another round of Covid-19 vaccination in Nairobi amid fears of rising infections.
Launching the exercise in Nairobi, Dr Francis Kuria, the Director of Public Health at the Health Ministry said the lifting of restrictions has seen the number of new Covid-19 infections rise.
“We are urging Kenyans to have their masks on. We are worried that the Covid-19 numbers are going up,” Dr Kuria said as the Ministry launched a new vaccination exercise in Nairobi targeting 800,000 fresh high school graduates.
He noted the rate of infections has been rising in the last four weeks hitting a high of 5.6 per cent and an average of 3.3 per cent weekly, a trend Kuria attributed to the failure of the general population to wear masks.
“We are urging Kenyans to have their masks on. We are worried that the Covid-19 numbers are going up,” he said.
It also emerged the government is targeting over 800,000 Form Four leavers in the latest campaign as part of its strategy to ensure 50 per cent of the teenage population is protected against the pandemic.
The Principal Secretary Susan Mochache urged parents and guardians to encourage teenagers to get vaccinated as a way to protect the more vulnerable senior citizens against Covid-19.
The PS made the appeal when she presided over the official launch of the accelerated Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Kibra, Nairobi yesterday. She said the government targets to vaccinate 100 per cent adult population and 50 per cent of the teenagers.