Kenya on Friday received a further 990,990 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from the US government in yet another boost to the ongoing accelerated Covid-19 vaccination drive in the country.
Present to receive the consignment were US Embassy Representative Ricardo Echalar, USAID Country Director Mark Meassick, Dr. Joyce Onsongo of the Disease Prevention and Control at WHO office in Kenya as well as other senior officials from the Ministry of Health.
This comes just days after the country received another consignment of 504,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to boost the vaccination process in the country. As of October 28 2021, a total of 5,226, 128 vaccines had been administered across the country with the number of those partially vaccinated standing at 3,642,163 while those fully vaccinated were 1,583,965.
The first phase of vaccination began on 5th March 2021 with county vaccinations kicking off on 8th of March 2021. The second dose vaccination began on 28th May 2021 in a rollout spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, with support from WHO, UNICEF, Gavi and other partners.
The government targets to have vaccinated 10 million people by end of December out of a targeted population of 27,246,033.
Speaking while receiving the vaccine doses, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said the consignment was the first of over 5 million doses of various types of vaccines comprising of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson expected from the US between now and December.
She said the donated doses will be transported immediately to 5 of the country’s 9 regional stores which are already equipped with Ultracold chain storage freezers. The stores are the Kitengela Central Vaccine Stores, Kakamega Regional Stores, Kisumu Regional stores, Meru Regional stores and the Mombasa Regional stores.
The Government has committed substantial funds for procurement of vaccines through the AVAT mechanism even as it continues to receive donations from international partners.