Covid-19 vaccine expected in Kenya in January

Thursday December 17 2020
Covid-19 vaccine.

The first batch of recipients for the Covid-19 vaccine in Kenya will cover 20 per cent of the country’s population.


A consignment of the Covid-19 vaccine is expected in Kenya next month, with the first beneficiaries being groups at high risk of contracting the virus.

Health workers, police officers, the elderly and teachers will be the first to receive the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine to be made available in the first quarter of next year, the government said on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health added that people who come into contact with crowds and those with two or more medical conditions will be the first to be vaccinated against coronavirus.

It estimates that the first batch of the recipients will cover 20 per cent of the country’s population.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya has ordered 24 million doses of the vaccine as the government also explores ways of partnering with Chinese organisations that have developed Covid-19 jabs.

He said the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is far cheaper and is easier to store compared to the others. 


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