A million COVID-19 vaccines expected to Expire

The COVID-19 restrictions have been gradually eased as the positive rates of the virus dropped globally. In Kenya, the positive rate of the disease stands at 1.5 percent, according to the Ministry of Health, with over 332, 375 Kenyans recovering from the disease and 5,674 fatalities.

As of August 30th, 2022, a total of 21,124,488 vaccines have been administered across the country. Of these, 17,710,222 are doses administered to the adult population (18 years and above). An additional 1,917,322 are doses administered to those between 15 to 17 years, 370,257 are below 15 years but above 12 years while 1,126,687 are booster doses,” Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe.

So far 34.6 percent of the adult population has been fully vaccinated with the government targeting a vaccine with a population of 27,246,033 people. Nyeri and Nairobi lead in terms of counties with the highest percentage of vaccinated individuals, standing at 53.6% and 52.4% respectively.  While 7 counties tail behind, by having less than 15% of their population vaccinated. These are West Pokot at 14.7%, Garissa at 13.6%, Isiolo at 13.2%, Wajir at 11.1%, Tana River at 11.0%, Marsabit at 10.5%, and finally Mandera at 10.4%

Approximately, one million doses of Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines will expire by the end of September if not administered. This is due to the COVID-19 Vaccine apathy which remains high in the country.

Remember, “Chanjwa! Pata Chanjo, tuwe Chonjo! Not fully vaccinated yet?  Walk into a vaccination center and get either your first, second, or booster dose today!” The Ministry of Health continues to campaign to urge Kenyans to be vaccinated.


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