The Aga Khan University Hospital has temporarily suspended the issuance of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after it ran out of stock.

In a statement, Aga Khan noted that the government-sponsored vaccination exercise will resume once the hospital receives more doses of the vaccine.

"As a healthcare service provider, our hospital benefitted from the Ministry's directive to give priority to health workers in phase 1 of the vaccination exercise... However the recent announcement by the Ministry of Health to include persons aged 58 and above on the priority list coupled by a steady increase in the number of daily Covid-19 cases has led to an uptake of the vaccine.

“In such circumstances, our stocks have dwindled... We appreciate Kenyans for turning up in large numbers for the free COVID-19 vaccination under the government program. We shall announce the resumption of the exercise once we receive more doses from the Ministry of Health,” the statement reads.

Members of staff at the medical facility have been urged to ensure they take the vaccine by latest April 01, 2021.

According to the Ministry of Health, over 130,000 Kenyans have been vaccinated so far. MoH further noted that out of the 1.12 million doses of the vaccine delivered to the country, 806,000 have been distributed countrywide.

Meanwhile, a private entity has imported the Russian Sputnik V vaccine which began being administered in the country on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Renowned Kenyan lawyers; Ahmednasir Abdulahi and Donald Kipkorir were among the first Kenyans to take the jab which has been described as a “vaccine for the wealthy”.

Speaking after taking the jab, Donald Kipkorir said: “Today, I became the Second Kenya to take the Russia COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine ... I have full confidence in the vaccine to protect me from all COVID-19 variants.”

On his part, Ahmednasir said “First Kenyan to take the Sputnik V in Kenya.”