The Ministry of Health has begun a 10-day mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign targeting to have 2.3 million people vaccinated in at least 23 Counties including Kajiado.
Frontline workers, the elderly and those classified as immune compromised individuals are being prioritized in the exercise, although anyone above 15 years is eligible for vaccination.
Those who have received their first COVID-19 dose are also eligible to get the second dose, with those who received both jabs are eligible for the booster dose.
The initiative is being implemented on the ground by a vaccinator, data clerk, community health volunteer and a community mobilizer
The 10-day vaccination campaign is supported by UNICEF, Africa CDC together with other partners.
Apart from Kajiado County, the vaccination initiative is being implemented in Baringo, Bungoma, Busia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Embu, Homa Bay, Kericho, Kisii, Kitui, Lamu, Makueni, Meru, Migori, Mombasa, Murang’a, Nandi, Nyamira, Nyandarua, Samburu, Tharaka Nithi, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, and Uasin Gishu.
The immediate goal of the global COVID-19 vaccination strategy is to minimize deaths, severe disease and overall disease burden; curtail the health system impact; fully resume socio-economic activity; and reduce the risk of new variants.
In the face of an evolving and increasingly transmissible virus, high population immunity is essential to achieve this goal, which means vaccinating broadly.
Based on current knowledge, this requires fully vaccinating at least 70 per cent of the world’s population, accounting for most adults and adolescents and for the vast majority of those at risk of serious disease.