Kenya on Monday received a donation of 880,000 doses of Moderna vaccine from the US through Covax, which is the second batch of the American gift amounting to 1,760,780 does.
Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman and CDC Kenya Country Director Dr. Marc Bulterys received the consignment.
In total, Kenya has now received a total of 5,146,780 Covid-19 vaccine doses.
CAS Aman said the 880,320 doses would go a long way in supporting the ongoing vaccination drive that targets to vaccinate at least 10 million adults by the end of the year.
By Sunday September 5,some 2,050,377 Kenyans had received their first dose of Covid- vaccine, while 812,151 Kenyans representing 2.98 per cent of the entire adult population are now fully vaccinated.
“The country is making steady progress in its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, with constraints arising from the global supply of the vaccines slowly fading away,” Dr Aman said.
The CAS urged all those who have not taken the jab to do so.
“We also appeal to those who took their first dose and are due for the second dose but have not turned up for it to please do so. For us to fully re-open our economy, we need to have herd immunity or have our entire adult population fully vaccinated,” he said.
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Kenya) said the shipment of the vaccines will help Kenya achieve its goal of vaccinating 10 million people by the end of the year.
Kenya is prioritising those aged above 58 years, healthcare workers, security officers and teachers, who remain at the highest risk of contracting the virus, in the ongoing vaccination drive.
Aman said they are targeting to increase daily vaccination rates to 150,000 by December this year. Vaccination posts will also be increased from 800 to 3,000 by December with the number rising to 7,877 by June next year.
The first phase of vaccination began on March 5, 2021 with county vaccinations starting on March 8. The second dose vaccination began on May 28.
The Ministry of Health is leading the roll out of the national vaccination campaign, with support from WHO, Unicef, Gavi, USAID and other partners.
USAID said it is proud to support the vaccine rollout by training health workers, providing evidence-based information on vaccines, developing tools for vaccine safety monitoring and assisting with the tracking of vaccine stock levels.