The Kenyan teams that will be participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been prioritized in the COVID 19 Vaccination drive, including all personnel working on the WRC/FIA Safari Rally Kenya, World Athletics Under-20.

Presiding over the vaccination exercise, Sports Cabinet Secretary Am. Amina Mohammed said ,”Our target is to inoculate a total of 3,500 athletes, coaches, officials and athlete handlers across the country ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the World Rally Championship, Safari Rally Kenya.”

Speaking during the event in Nairobi, the CS said that in total, they have secured 3,500 vaccines for the exercise in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

She added that the sportsmen and women have been observing MoH guidelines.

“They have observed all the Presidential and Ministry of Health Guidelines with admirable discipline which has been the hallmark of Kenya’s dominance in sports globally. I wish to thank our sportsmen and women for their leadership, personally and collectively.”

“This formula of putting the athlete first has changed our operations at the Ministry and evidently,broadened Kenya’s command disciplines beyond athletics to Volleyball,Rugby,Basketball, Judo, Boxing,Canoeing,Motorsports,Tong il Modo,Kabaddi, Tae Kwon Do,Shooting and Paralympic sports”

She added:

“These events require adequate preparation, including full vaccination and reciprocal compliance with International Covid-19 Sporting Protocols. I assure the country that this exercise will cover every sportsperson and support personnel wherever they may be.”

The CS has indicated that the COVID 19 vaccination exercise will run until Tuesday next week following a National – County Government Vaccination Collaboration Model covering Nairobi, Kajiado, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet.