Number of Kenyans going for COVID-19 vaccine below target: MoH
As the country rushes to achieve its target of 5.8 million people vaccinated by October 20th, transporting the vaccines from regional depots to areas in need remains the biggest challenge.
The Senate Health Committee, says it is a responsibility that rests solely with the ministry of health and county governments given the budget allocations that have been made.
Some counties like Mombasa are yet to receive their share of the Pfizer vaccines owing to logistical issues.
In the last week, between September 25th and September 30th, the country issued an average of 13,170 to 49,846 doses per day.
That is significantly lower than the ministry of health’s target of 100,000 if they are to meet the goal of having 5.8 million people vaccinated by Mashujaa day.
During a visit to the national vaccine depot in Kitengela by the Ministry of Health and the Senate Health Committee, it was clear that there was another challenge aside from asking Kenyans to come out and get the vaccine.
“We want the ministry to realign existing resource and assist the county government to transfer these vaccines all the way to the county government. No reason COG to come here and collect these vaccines yet we know the problem,” Senator Ledama Ole Kina said.
According to the committee, over 100 billion shillings was allocated to the Ministry of Health under the division of revenue bill.
“We will also share with counties if money that is problem . We will need to sit with governors and see why some countries are at 40% and others at 1 percent,” Micheal Mbito, the Senator Trans Nzoia said.
The Ministry of Health is finalising its plans to begin vaccination using the Pfizer vaccine from next week, following the arrival of special syringes required for dispensing of the jab termed as being delicate.
“That is why we want pre registration and we know how many will be there so that we can take the Pfizer there. Its shelf life is very dynamic. It depends on when you start using it,” The Chair of the Vaccine Taskforce Dr. Willis Akhwale said
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