The Kenyan Government and the Health Ministry are trying to track down around 90,000 Kenyans who did not get their second Covid019 jab. Patrick Amoth, the acting director-general at the Kenyan Health ministry, made a public appeal in the local press to persuade those who skipped their second jab to come forward and get vaccinated.
Authorized Covid-19 vaccines in Kenya
The African country has authorized five Covid-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Johnson & Johnson. Four of them need two doses to reach full vaccination, while Johnson & Johnson requires a single dose. The WHO and governments from most African countries worked around the clock to ensure that every country had and has access to lifesaving vaccines. Kenya received 5.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, but only 829,000 people were fully vaccinated. According to the most recent statistics, Kenya has a population of 52.57 million, but as of September 5, only 2.86 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered.
Why are Kenyans skipping their second dose?
Recent news tackled the myths and false rumors spread in the African continent about the Covid-19 vaccines. Even Congo’s President decided to postpone vaccination with the AstraZeneca serum and recently got his first shot of Moderna.
Although scientists are studying the effectiveness and side effects of mixing different Covid-19 vaccines, the Kenyan health ministry suspects that many people who skipped their second dose wanted to choose the jab they were to receive. Patrick Amoth declared that those who skipped their second dose because they wanted to be given a jab with a different Covid-19 vaccine from their first one should come forwards because it will not happen. He assured that all Covid019 vaccines are efficient, and those who skipped their second dose will be tracked down.