Former Nairobi Governor Kidero tests positive for COVID-19 a week after vaccination


Former Nairobi Governor Kidero tests positive for COVID-19 a week after vaccination
File image of former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero. PHOTO| COURTESY

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has tested positive for COVID-19.

Kidero says he underwent a test for the disease on Tuesday, April 6 together with his family members after he exhibited COVID-19 symptoms.

According to the former Governor, this came a week after he had undergone vaccination for the disease on March 29, 2021.

He says the rest of his family members tested negative and that he will be undergoing a total and complete isolation for the next two weeks.

“Fellow Kenyans, I got vaccinated against Covid-19 last Monday (29/03/2021) which was followed by COVID-19 like reaction three days later.
As a family, We all had COVID tests done yesterday, whose results I have just received. Everybody else is negative except me,” said the Governor in a statement on Monday.

He added: “I advise our team members, whom I’ve been in contact with to go and have themselves tested for COVID immediately. It’s my appeal to Kenyans to continue observing the ministry of health protocols on COVID; wear masks, wash hands with soap and clean, flowing water,use alcohol based hand sanitizers and get vaccinated.”

According to the Ministry of Health, COVID-19 vaccination does not prevent one from contracting the coronavirus.

In a press briefing on March 19, 2021, Health Ministry CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said the vaccine only serves to boost the immune system and get it ready to fight the virus.

She added that even individuals who get the virus can still transmit COVID-19 to others.

“Getting the vaccine does not mean that you cannot get COVID-19. Getting the jab does not mean that you cannot transmit the COVID-19. What the jab does is that it makes your immunity system alert. It prepares you for war, should you come across the virus your immune system will be ready to fight and manage that virus,” said Mwangangi.

She, however, noted that vaccination will help reduce the number of severe cases being witnessed, most of which result in deaths.

“What we know is that this jab will prevent progression to severe cases for COVID-19 meaning the cases we report for severe cases are bound to reduce if we have the right number of people vaccinated and that is the usefulness of this vaccine,” said the Health CAS.

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