Approximately 4,000 Kenyans have so far been vaccinated against coronavirus, this is according to Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi.
Appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Health, Mwangangi said that countrywide vaccination exercise is going on as planned, and that no side effects of the jab have been reported so far.
It however emerged that the Ministry of Health has no prior plans of how to deal with a negative reaction from the vaccines if they arise.
Mwangangi said that Kenya cannot hold any of the vaccine companies liable in case of negative effects.
“The indemnity guaranteed by WHO and GAVI should there be an adverse effect means for us to know the vaccines are under Emergency Authorization Use, let us remember the vaccine is optional and no one will be forced to get it,” she told the committee.
The first batch of 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Kenya on March 2.
The vaccines were transported by UNICEF as part of the COVAX facility, which aims to provide equitable access to vaccines for all countries around the world.
The vaccines have already been distributed to nine regional vaccine stores. The counties of Machakos and Murang’a have already started vaccination exercise.
The Ministry of Health maintains that some 400,000 health workers will be given top priority, followed by the elderly and people with existing health conditions.