The Ministry of Health has confirmed that just 130 575 Kenyans have received their COVID-19 vaccination.
In a tweet sent out yesterday, the Ministry of Health also said that they had distributed 806 000 doses across the country, meaning that close to 200,000 doses remain.
COVID VACCINATION UPDATE:
✔️1.12 million doses of Astrazeneca Vaccines have been delivered in the country as of today.
✔️806,000 of those doses have been distributed countrywide.
✔️130, 575 people have been vaccinated.
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) March 30, 2021
The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kenya has been slow and labored. That the country has only vaccinated just 130,000 people in close to a month leaves many Kenyans worried.
The country received around 1.12 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX facility at the start of March. However, the vaccine’s rollout came up against hurdles, the most significant being distrust of the vaccine.
The halting of the vaccine usage in some parts of Europe, and the misinformation that followed it, saw many Kenyan frontline workers stay back from taking it. This included health workers too.
New hurdles emerge
However, the population has been slowly turning around and showing up in large numbers. This has especially been true after the government opened doors for those above 58 years to receive the jab.
But new hurdles have emerged, with one being the Aga Khan Hospital stopping the vaccination process after running out of stock.
“We have temporarily halted the government-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination at our facility following the depletion of stock,” Aga Khan wrote on Twitter yesterday. They said that they would announce its resumption once they got more doses from the Ministry of Health.
We have temporarily suspended the government sponsored Covid-19 vaccination at our facility following the depletion of our stocks. We shall announce the resumption of the exercise once we receive more doses from the Ministry of Health. pic.twitter.com/dVVPflnkdJ
— Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (@AKUHNairobi) March 30, 2021
The Sputnik V issue
The depletion came on the same day that high-profile Kenyans, among the Deputy President William Ruto and lawyer, Ahmednasir took the Sputnik V vaccine. Facilities in the country are currently charging large amounts of money for the Sputnik.
A further revelation said that new doses will delay. This, then means that those having taken their first dose will wait for longer to get the second boost dose for AstraZeneca. Kenya, though, is also looking at the single-dose Johnson & Johnson.