President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Cabinet and all senior staff in the Executive to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
State House Chief Of Staff Nzioka Waita confirmed this after he received the jab on Friday, March 26.
“As the Government scales up the rollout of the national Covid-19Vaccine program, the President has directed his entire Cabinet and Executive Office to lead by example and get the jab! Received mine this morning under the watchful guidance of the Ministry of Health vaccination team," he said.
As of Wednesday, 64,000 people had received the vaccine. The health ministry will next week start the upscale vaccination process by vaccinating at least 20,000 people on a daily basis.
Over 58 To Get Vaccinated
The Ministry of Health also included people who are 58 years and above in the ongoing Phase One Covid-19 vaccination.
Chairperson of the Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Taskforce Willis Akhwale said that bracket “accounts for 60 percent of our recorded deaths”.
He requested political, religious, and community leaders to take the jab and boost confidence in the overall vaccination process.
Persons aged 50 and above were scheduled to start getting the jab in the second phase of the rollout, which was to start in June this year.
The second phase also included persons with underlying conditions like diabetics and those with high blood pressure who are also at risk of severe illness and death if infected with the virus.