Kenya: Low Covid-19 Vaccine Uptake Among Medics Alarming

Rising concerns over the safety of Covid-19 vaccine coupled with poor information on the vaccination drive has contributed to low uptake among health workers at the Coast region.

Only a few health workers have turned up for vaccination in the region that received 26, 000 doses, with their unions citing poor information and rising safety concerns.

A majority of health workers in Mombasa, Tana River and Taita Taveta counties have kept off the initiative. In Mombasa, a paltry 307 nurses, doctors and clinicians have been vaccinated almost a week after the county received 9, 000 doses.

The county is targeting to vaccinate 4, 500 frontline workers, with each having two doses in a span of eight weeks.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses counterpart Peter Maroko said he is yet to receive the jab due to the concerns raised by other countries.

“Some countries have suspended the use of the vaccine over concerns about blood clots. The adverse effects of the vaccine have not been established fully,” he said, adding: “President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials should get the Covid jab publicly.”

The vaccine is being administered at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital and Kaderboy health facility.

Taita Taveta, which received 1,500 doses last week, is targeting to vaccinate over 3,000 frontline workers. Only 100 health workers have so far been vaccinated.