President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the cabinet and all senior staff in the executive to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes at a time when the number of those testing positive for coronavirus in the country is on the rise.
Confirming the directive by President Kenyatta, State House Chief Of Staff Mr. Nzioka Waita tweeted, " as the government scales up the roll out of the national #COVID19Vaccine program , H.E the President has directed his entire Cabinet & Executive Office to lead by example & get the jab!"
Mr Waita further added that he has received his COVID-19 vaccine on Friday morning. The State House Chief of Staff posted a picture of himself receiving the vaccine under the guidance of the Ministry of Health vaccination team.
Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju also received his dose on Thursday March 25, 2o21 at Kenyatta National Hospital. Tuju will receive his second and final dose in the coming weeks.
"The SG ... has urged Kenyans to embrace the vaccination exercise as we endeavour to kick out COVID-19 out of our great nation," the Jubilee Party tweeted.
The Health Ministry has confirmed that the third wave of the virus is with us and urged Kenyans not to hesitate in getting the vaccine. But from the day the vaccine was rolled out in the country, only 64,100 Kenyans have been vaccinated as of March 24,2021. This is according to data provided by the Ministry of Health.
In March 3, 2021, 1.02 million doses of the Astrazeneca-Oxford vaccine arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The Ministry of Health plans to administer the vaccines to healthcare workers and other essential workers including security personnel first, before moving on to the rest of the population.
President Kenyatta is set to address the nation today.
Featured Image: President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Image Source: State House Kenya/Twitter]