Acting Director General of Health Dr Patrick Amoth is the first Kenyan to be injected the covid 19 vaccine in a ceremony at Kenyatta National Hospital.
Meant to boost public confidence in the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine, Dr Amoth joined other Ministry of Health officials including Principal Secretary Susan Mochache in appealing to members of the public to receive the jab saying it is safe.
They also appealed to health care personnel among them nurses not to fear being injected during the first phase of the exercise targeting front line workers.
KNH Chief Executive Officer Dr. Evanson Kamuri was the second person to be vaccinated, followed by a nurse at the hospital and Dr Collins Tabu (head of immunization and vaccine in the Health Ministry).
All those who are vaccinated were directed to signed a consent note and after the vaccination, rest for 30 minutes before being discharged.
Speaking after receiving the jab, Dr. Amoth has assured Kenyans that the vaccine is safe and that there should no be fear in taking the jab.
WHO Representative in Kenya Rudi Eggers said there will be no cost to Kenyans for the AstraZeneca vaccine He added that the vaccine is a game changer but after vaccination there is still need to continue wearing masks, washing hands and ensuring social distancing.
This follows the distribution exercise of the vaccines that were flagged off by President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday, with the head of state assuring that the jab had passed all the necessary tests and that the health care frontline workers will be the priority in the first phase.
Health Ministry Principal secretary Dr Susan Mochache said the distribution of the vaccine has begun already with far flung counties expected to receive and begin administering it, even as the ministry begins giving it in the first phase to the essential service workers
Meanwhile,the Nairobi Metropolitan services will next week launch the COVID 19 immunization process .NMS director for health Josephine Kibaru-Mbae said the process will start with the county’s main big level four hospitals, with nine public hospitals, four faith-based organizations and three private health centres proposed by NMS as Covid-19 vaccination centres.
Nairobi has remained the epicentre of COVID 19 since March 13, 2020, when the first case was recorded in Kenya.
This even as 400 more people have tested positive to coronavirus, out of a sample size of 5,189 tested in the last 24 hours. The total confirmed positive cases are now 107,729. The cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,322,806. From the cases 367 are Kenyans while 33 are foreigners.
In the daily briefing on the disease, the Ministry of health said 77 patients have recovered from the disease, 50 from various health facilities while 27 are from the Home Based and Isolation Care. Total recoveries now stand at 87,176. Sadly,3 patients have succumbed to the disease pushing our cumulative fatalities to 1873.