President Kenyatta directs his entire cabinet to be vaccinated against COVID-19

President Kenyatta directs his entire cabinet to be vaccinated against COVID-19

President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed his entire Cabinet and Executive Office to get the COVID-19 jab as the government scales up the rollout exercise across the country.

State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita made the announcement on Friday after receiving the jab.

“As the Government scales up the rollout of the national COVID-19 Vaccine program, H.E the President has directed his entire Cabinet & Executive Office to lead by example & get the jab! Received mine this morning under the watchful guidance of the Ministry of Health vaccination team,” said Waita on his Twitter page.

The president’s order comes hardly a day after the Ministry of Health announced the immediate prioritization of persons aged 58 years and above in the ongoing vaccination drive against COVID-19.

In a statement, COVID-19 vaccine development taskforce Chairman, Dr. Willis Akhwale said the decision follows revelation that this age group accounts for 60 percent of all recorded COVID-19 related deaths.

This means that the government will now include about 6.8 million Kenyans who are 58 years or older to it’s list of high risk categories in the vaccination drive.

But even as the government appears to change its vaccination tack, questions linger on how many frontline workers have so far received the jab.

The ministry further urged all political, religious and community leaders to take the vaccine so as to boost confidence in the overall vaccination process.

The first phase of the vaccination exercise is targeting 1.25 million frontline workers at a risk of infection.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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