Mombasa County to hold COVID-19 vaccination drive during ‘Foodies Festival’

A health worker during one of the vaccination exercises./COURTESY

Mombasa County will be holding a free COVID-19 vaccination drive this weekend.

The vaccination drive will be held during the Mombasa’s Foodies Festival that will be taking place at Mama Ngina Waterfront this weekend.

Those attending the festival will be able to get their second shot of the Astrazeneca vaccine. For those who have not yet been vaccinated, a first shot of the Moderna vaccine will be administered.

According to Mombasa County’s department of health, one will need to register in advance through the COVID-19 vaccination self registration portal.

Mombasa Foodies Festival
Some of the food displayed during a past food festival. PHOTO: COURTESY.

The Mombasa’s Foodies Festival is being held on the 25th and 26th of September to commemorate World Tourism Day that is marked annually on the 27th of September.

This year’s event will be commemorated through a food expo dubbed ‘Mombasa Foodies Festival’.

The festival will be showcasing different coastal delicacies.

It will be held at the Mama Ngina Water Front from 9am to 5pm.

COVID-19 Vaccine uptake in the region
The Astrazeneca vaccine./COURTESY

According to data that was released by the Ministry of Health on Friday, 2,672,816 people have so far received their first dose with 3 percent of these having gotten the second one.

Mombasa County has the highest number of those who have been vaccinated in the Coast region.

The county has vaccinated 71,714 people, which is 8.9 percent of the population.

Taita Taveta follows with 25,418 people. It, however, has the highest uptake in the region with 119 percent of the population having been vaccinated.

Kilifi and Kwale counties have vaccinated 3.0 percent their population each. In terms of numbers Kilifi County has vaccinated 23,722 people while Kwale has vaccinated 13,68 people.

Lamu County has vaccinated 5.1 percent of its population with 4,256 people having received the vaccine.

Tana River County has the lowest uptake of the vaccine at 2.0 percent. It has vaccinated 3,048 people.