President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally responded to a section of Kenyans who’ve been piling pressure on him to lead by example and be the first to take the Covid-19 vaccine, in order to instill confidence among Kenyans.
Speaking on Thursday while flagging off the vaccine to different parts of the country, President Kenyatta noted that the government has a plan on how to administer the vaccine, noting that he’ll follow what experts tell him.
According to the President, he’ll consult the relevant agencies and follow their advisory on the issue. He, however, noted that he’ll not succumb to pressure.
“The policy is clear, if the professionals tell us this is the way to follow in order to lead by example, they will tell us and we will abide by the direction given by our experts,” he said.
The President advised the media to seek information from the right sources in order to empower Kenyans on the issues around the vaccine.
“Our policy has been clearly stated that we will start with frontline workers. I would appeal to members of the fourth estate to stop disseminating rumours. We met as Cabinet and made it very clear that the first persons to be administered with this vaccine shall be our frontline health workers. That is category number one.
"They (health workers) will be followed by our category number 2, who will be our security forces, who also due to the nature of their work are equally frontline workers," the President stated.
The President said other groups of people that will be given priority during the vaccination campaign are teachers and defined emergency service providers.
“Included also will be our teachers because as you know we have resumed learning and our teachers are equally just as exposed.
"We will then move to those with co-mobilities and those above the age of 58 as we move to the rest of the population,” the President outlined.