The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the country last night.
The plane carrying the 1.025 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine touched down at JKIA, Nairobi, at 11.23 pm.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the vaccination process will start with health care workers, then police and teachers.
“The country has 400,000 health care workers and they shall be the first ones to be vaccinated. We need a priority list because we cannot vaccinate everybody at the same time,” he said.
They were taken to a government storage facility in Kitengela for onward distribution countrywide. It is expected that the vaccines will land at county hospitals by Friday.
“The vaccines will be distributed across all the counties where it will be rolled out to regional hospitals and down to level 3 and level 2 hospitals,” CS Mutahi said.
Kagwe described the arrival of the vaccines as “an exciting moment for our nation.”
“We have been fighting the pandemic with rubber bullets but what we have received is an equivalent to machine guns and tanks,” Kagwe added.
The CS also said once the vaccination is rolled out to the general public, it will be purely voluntary. “There are those who would wish not to be vaccinated but we hope it will be a majority of them willing to be vaccinated,” Kagwe said.
Meanwhile, four patients succumbed to the coronavirus disease in the latest figures released by the Health Ministry, bringing the country’s total fatalities to 1,863.
345 more people tested positive, pushing the caseload to 106,470.