Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi says the country’s top leadership should be the first Kenyans to receive a COVID-19 jab, to restore public onfidence.
Speaking on Tuesday, February when he appeared before Senate’s Devolution Committee, Governor Murungi said that Kenyans are skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine. He says that leaders should restore Kenyans’ confidence by allowing to be vaccinated in public.
“I propose Uhuru and Ruto be the first to be vaccinated, followed by CS Mutahi Kagwe and his team. Then governors and senators should follow. Kenyans are skeptical about the vaccine. We [leaders] should restore confidence in them,” said Kiraitu.
The first COVID-19 vaccines are expected to touch down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this evening.
The Council of Governors (CoG) has faulted the health ministry over what it says is “being sidelined in the planning and implementation of COVID-19 vaccines” in the country.
This comes even as the ministry says that vaccines will be distributed in the country through the governors.
CoG Health Committee chair Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o says that he is yet to meet CS Mutahi Kagwe on the vaccine issue.
“We have not even met the Minister of Health. We have only talked by email. I have requested that we meet,” Nyong’o said. “I am waiting to meet the Minister to discuss these issues but for now we don’t have any brief about the information on the vaccine.”
“There should be a meeting of all stakeholders for a proper briefing at KICC,” the Kisumu governor added.
CoG Chairperson Martin Wambora said governors will ensure health workers are the first to receive the COVID-19 jab.