Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua has issued an ultimatum to all civil servants who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so by August 23, 2021.
In a memo dated August 5, 2021, Kinyua warned appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against civil servants who will have failed to take the COVID-19 jab by August 23.
According to Kinyua, the drastic measure has been taken after it was discovered that some public servants are deliberately avoiding to be vaccinated so that they can work from home. This, Kinyua says, has affected service delivery to the public.
In the memo addressed to Principal Secretaries and accounting officers, the most affected sectors are security, teachers and core civil service.
This announcement follows the rollout of an outreach program seeking to increase the number of vaccinated people in the country. Vaccination centers such as Taj Mall stage, Soweto Gospel Church, Holy ghost Church Dandora were designated for the exercise courtesy of the Ministry of Health and Nairobi Metropolitan services (NMS).
The roll-out of the program to other parts of the country is dependent on the success of the pilot program. On Friday, August 6, the country received 180,000 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine from Greece and it’s planning to have 10 million people vaccinated before the year ends.
The tally of administered doses in Kenya currently stands at 1,804,375 with the percentage of adults being at 2.6 percent.