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I Will Take COVID-19 Vaccine At My Own Wish- Uhuru

Speaking after inspecting the Central Vaccine Depot in Kitengela, Uhuru noted that he would take the COVID-19 vaccination jab after consultation from his doctors.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, March 5 responded to incessant calls by Kenyans to have him and his cabinet receive the COVID-19 vaccine first.

Speaking after inspecting the Central Vaccine Depot in Kitengela, Uhuru noted that he would take the COVID-19 vaccination jab after consultation from his doctors.

"I will, of course, take the jab when my doctors say so, and at my own wish, and not under pressure from anybody," he decried.

He added that experts would provide advice on whether leaders would be among the priority groups to receive the vaccine or not.

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"This is the time to come together to be able to give much-needed service, but we don't have to dwell on insinuations on who should be vaccinated first. 

"We have met as a Cabinet and we have made it very clear that the policy of my administration is that the first persons to be administered with this vaccine are the frontline workers," he went on.

Kenyatta also assured that the jab had gone through all the necessary tests and was bestowed the blessings from medical experts.

He added that facts, statistics, and updates about the vaccination should only come from the Ministry of Health. 

A section of Kenyans suspicious of the vaccine had called for politicians to take the vaccine first, after which they would follow suit.

President Uhuru also warned that the presence of the vaccines should not be a reason to drop the COVID-19 prevention regulations.

“We still have to wear masks, wash hands, and social distance because the disease is still with us,” he said. “I know we are tired because this pandemic has inconvenienced our livelihoods, but while we can recover from this, we cannot get back lost lives.”

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