- Officials say vaccinating the prisoners will enable their family and friends to begin visiting them once more.
- Visitation of the prisoners by their family and friends will also enable them to be free from psychological problems that were caused by limited visitations.
A total of 482 prisoners in Busia prison were on Thursday vaccinated against COVID-19, in an exercise conducted by the Ministry of health, Busia County and the Kenya Red Cross.
Officer in charge of Busia prison Amondi Odero says that amongst the vaccinated prisoners were 451 men and 31 women.
Speaking during the vaccination exercise, officer Odero said that apart from fighting the global pandemic, vaccinating inmates will also enable their family and friends to begin visiting them again.
“This will also help the prisoners to be free from the psychological problems that were caused by limited visitations from family and friends hence enable them to control the spread of COVID-19 and bring life back to normalcy,” he said.
Evans Wandera, one of the inmates who received their jab, saisd the exercise comes as a relief to them.
“We have been moving freely inside here since the outbreak of Coronavirus. But now that we have finally been vaccinated, we can interact and even see our families,” Wandera said.
Juliet Kirima, one of the vaccination officials in Busia says that only 34,000 people in the county have received the first and second dose of the vaccines.
Kirima called upon those who are yet to receive the jab to do so to prevent the spread of the novel virus.
Busia County is aiming to vaccinate 150,000 people by end of December this year.
Vaccine hesitancy in Nyanza, Western
The Ministry of Health on Wednesday expressed concerns over the high levels of vaccine hesitancy among the Western and Nyanza regions’ populace.
Busia being among the counties in these regions, Ministry officials are now calling upon politicians, the clergy and all influential individuals to talk the residents into receiving their jabs free of charge.
The government is targetting to vaccinate at least 10 million adults by the end of the year.