Kenya set to receive 358,000 unused AstraZeneca jabs from Denmark


Kenya set to receive 358,000 unused AstraZeneca jabs from Denmark
FILE PHOTO: Vial labelled "AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine" placed on displayed EU flag is seen in this illustration picture taken March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Kenya will be receiving 358,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from Denmark, the Ministry of Health has said.

The consignment is expected to arrive in the country around 9 p.m. on Monday night.

The doses arrive just days after concerns were raised about a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed as second doses to healthcare workers and other frontline workers.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) had raised concerns, despite the Ministry of Health’s request for patience.

Kenya started immunizing its people in March after receiving 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from India.

In May, the country was set to start the second phase of immunization. However, India, which is dealing with a massive outbreak of COVID-19, barred vaccine exports to vaccinate its population first.

So far, a total of 1,183,376 vaccines have been administered across Kenya.

995,012 people have received their first dose while 188,364 have been fully vaccinated.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 18.9% percent with the majority being males at 56% while females are at 44%.

According to the Ministry of Health, the proportion of adults fully vaccinated is now at 0.72%

The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups is as follows: Health Workers 51,691, Aged 58 years and above 51,135, Others 50,104, Teachers 21,701 while Security Officers are at 13,733.

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