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Kenya to offer Covid jabs to all above 18 years from January

Kenya will from next year open up COVID-19 vaccinations to those aged 18 and above.

The Ministry of Health which has embarked on a stepped-up COVID-19 vaccination with the roll out of a National accelerated vaccination campaign has announced that from January 2022, anyone above 18 years will be eligible for the jab.

The campaign dubbed, ‘’Kuwa shujaa pata chanjo tufungue nchi’’ coincided with the launch of mobile vaccination outreaches in counties.

Currently, the vaccination plan prioritizes persons aged 50 and above, frontline workers not reached in the 1st phase, individuals in the hospitality and transport sector, persons with disabilities, individuals aged above 18 with chronic illnesses as well as persons in congregate settings such as prisons, care homes and refugee camps.

The Ministry of Health is targeting to administer 2.1 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the next three weeks, to meet the 5.8 million target by Mashujaa day.

“We are appealing to other county governments to do exactly the same, let us mobilize the vehicles that we have for other purposes so that we can reach the unreached as far as vaccination is concerned’’, appealed CS Kagwe.

The drive is part of efforts to fast-track the full re-opening of the economy as has been seen in other countries across the world.

As of September 28th, 2021, a total of 3,712,030 vaccines had so far been administered across the country. Of these, total first doses were 2,813,477 while second doses were 898,553.


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