Kenya received over one million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine through the global COVAX facility last Wednesday. The 1.02 million doses arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport onboard a Qatar Airways flight.
According to the Ministry of Health, the first beneficiaries of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will include frontline workers such as health care professionals, teachers and security personnel.
However, the catholic church Kitale diocese bishop Anthony Maurice Crowley has challenged the cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Health Mutahi Kagwe to take the jab in public to show that he is confident about it.
Speaking at the Kitale diocese headquarters, Bishop Crowley said the only way Kenyans will be convinced about how good and safe the vaccine is was by seeing their leader take it in public.
“I don’t see why for instance the Minister for Health wouldn’t be the first one to take it, I therefore, want to challenge CS Kagwe to take the jab in public to show Kenyans he is very confident about it,” said Bishop Crowley.
Bishop Crowley on the other hand asked politicians to stop preaching water and drinking wine on matters Covid 19.
“Our politicians, on the other hand, are ignorant of the existence of Covid-19 and are running around campaigning for or against the BBI or selling their 2022 bids. This is really disappointing because the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in combating the spread of the virus are not being adhered to. For example, the wearing of face masks and observing social distancing in political and social gatherings is something that many people have stopped doing, the politician should be an example and help all of us fight this menace”. He said.
Kenya’s Acting Director-General of Health Dr. Patrick Amoth kicked off the country’s COVID-19 vaccination effort by rolling up his sleeve and becoming the first person to receive the Covid 19 vaccine. Dr. Patrick Amoth and several others received shots at Kenyatta National Hospital last Friday.