“Take the Covid Vaccine First to Give Kenyans Confidence,” MPs Tell Uhuru
National Assembly Health Committee now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to take the coronavirus vaccine to give Kenyans confidence in taking the jab.
The Health Committee led by the chair Sabina Chege said they are concerned with the low uptake of the AstraZeneca vaccine brought about by lack of confidence due to its bad publicity abroad.
According to the MPs, all the decision-makers in the country should take the vaccine in full view of the media so that Kenyans can see it.
“Kenyans are a worried lot because of the news making circles about this drug, and the only way we can assure them is by the President and his deputy to take the jab in public,” said Dr. James Nyikal (MP).
The Head of the National Vaccine and Immunization Programme Dr. Collins Tabu said the suspension of the use of AstraZeneca in European countries has affected the uptake rate of the jab in the country.
Tabu said 660 outlets are providing covid vaccination countrywide and more than 10,000 people are being vaccinated daily.
The NVIP Head also said the country is also expecting another consignment of the Covid-19 vaccine in April which has already been paid for by the global body GAVI.
Sabina Chege also said, “We are calling on the government to reconsider earlier containment measures of locking down the country because of the spike on Covid-19 infections in the country.”