Kenya: Covid-19 – Kenya Has Vaccinated Over 9,100 Frontline Workers

Kenya has vaccinated at least 9,144 of its frontline workers against the Covid-19 coronavirus disease since launching its campaign last week.

Kenya is among several countries using the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine that is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the public to get vaccinated, as local medical experts say the vaccine is safe, but has noted that inoculation is voluntary.

In a statement on Saturday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 2,020 of the 9,144 vaccinations took place in Nairobi, 1,304 in Uasin Gishu, 764 in Kisumu and 562 in Nakuru.

870 new cases

Regarding new infections, the Health ministry announced 870 more on Saturday, which raised Kenya’s number of confirmed cases to 112,805, following the analysis of 6,309 samples within a day.

Cabinet Secretary Kagwe said that number of samples raised the number of Covid-19 tests carried out in the country since the first one last March to 1,364,699.

Of the new patients, 792 were Kenyans and 78 foreigners, 506 male and 364 female, the youngest three months old and the oldest 99.

Nairobi County accounted for 431 of the new infections, Nakuru 120, Kiambu 95, Machakos 53, Turkana 29, Kajiado 26, Mombasa 15, Kisumu 10, and Bungoma and Meru nine each.

Isiolo County followed with eight, Embu and Kilifi six each, Murang’a, Nyandarua and Trans Nzoia five each, Laikipia and Nyeri four each, Uasin Gishu and Vihiga three each, and Baringo, Kericho, Kitui, Mandera, Nandi and Narok two each.