Gov’t targets 800,000 KCSE leavers for COVID-19 vaccination

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The ministry of health has appealed to parents and guardians to ensure that their teenagers leaving form four gets vaccinated agaisnt Covid-19 to protect the more vulnerable senior citizens against the virus.

Speaking during the launch of the accelerated Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Kibra, Nairobi on Thursday, Health Principal Secretary Susan Muchache said the government is targeting 800,000 KSCE school leavers for the exercise as part of its strategy to attain 50 percent of the teenage population protected against the pandemic.

 PS Mochache said targets is to vaccinate 100 percent adult population and 50

percent of the teenage population.

“We need to reach an additional 1.5 million adults and vaccinate 300,000 teenagers in

Nairobi. We have recently witnessed an increase in reported cases of Covid-19 and the high

population density in Nairobi poses the risk of propagation of another pandemic wave,” she

noted.

 The six weeks campaign is a jointly conducted by the Ministry of Health and the Nairobi

Metropolitan Services (NMS) with support of WHO, UNICEF, and USAID.

Since the 12th of March 2020, when the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Kenya, the

Ministry of Health has reported a total of 324,976 cases, and 5,651 fatalities.

In March 2021, the government introduced Covid-19 vaccination augmenting the

effect of other interventions including proper frequent hand washing, social distancing, the

use of sanitizers and the use of masks to curb the spread of the virus.

PS Mochache hailed Nairobi County for attaining the second-best coverage nationally at

48.8% of adults.

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