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No Politics: All Kenyans Aged 18 Years And Above To Be Vaccinated, Says Health Principal Secretary

Health Principal Secretary Dr. Susan Mochache has issued a new directive on the minimum age for vaccination.

Dr. Susan Mochache.

While receiving a batch of 880,460 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines donated by the United States of America government through the COVAX facility at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Monday morning Dr. Susan Mochache said, "Vaccination is now open to all Kenyans over the age of 18. I would like to emphasize that all WHO and Government of Kenya-approved vaccines including Astra-Zeneca and Moderna are effective and safe. Members of the public will receive available vaccines at the Health Center they visit upon registration in the Chanjo System portal health.go.ke".

Dr. Mochache addressing the media at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday 23 August 2021.

The PS was likely responding to politicians allied to the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto who have sought political mileage with claims that the money used in the BBI process should have been averted to the procurement of more vaccines.

Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi is among politicians who have been vocal tying in vaccination to BBI.

Dr. Mochache was flanked by the Interim US Embassy Chargè d'Affairs, Eric Kneedler, WHO Officer-in-charge and Health System Cluster Lead Dr. Mona Almudhwahi as well as the UNICEF Representative to Kenya Maniza Zaman.

Also present were senior officials from the Ministry of Health led by the Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, acting Director-General of Health Dr. Patrick Amoth, and Chairman of Kenya Covid-19 Taskforce Dr. Willis Akhwale.

With the arrival of new doses and expansion of the targeted age bracket, President Uhuru's Christmas 2021 overheads are now realistic.

The consignment was part of 1.76 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines donated by the US government to Kenya.

Late on Sunday night during a television interview, Dr. Akhwale said the Ministry is recording an average of 40,000 vaccinations daily. Last week they managed 70,000 on a single day and there was no need to politicize the critical business of vaccination. Akhwale said he was positive the country will meet projected deadlines so far as stocks were available.

The Pfizer vaccine requires ultra-cold freezers.

He also revealed that refrigeration will be ready by Monday for the storage of the Sub-Zero degree Pfizer vaccine which is expected in the country by mid-September.

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