CS Kagwe: We may consider boosters after the unvaccinated Kenyans get their shots

CS Kagwe: We may consider boosters after the unvaccinated Kenyans get their shots

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a past briefing.

  • Speaking to Sunday Nation, Kagwe said the government is at the moment focused on ensuring Kenyans get their first doses of the COVID vaccines. 
  • “We may consider boosters once we achieve his critical mass,” he added. 

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says the government may seek  COVID-19 booster shots after the remaining unvaccinated Kenyans come out to for their jabs. 

In an interview with Sunday Nation, Kagwe stated that the government is currently focused on ensuring that Kenyans receive their first doses of COVID vaccines.

“The focus of our current coronavirus plan is ensuring as many eligible people as possible get their first doses. This should also be the focus of the world, so that there is vaccine equity and equality,” stated Kagwe. 

“We may consider boosters once we achieve his critical mass,” he added. 

According to latest data from the health ministry, a total of 7,525,681 vaccines have so far been administered across the country as of December 3, 2021.  

Of these, 4,595,031 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 2,930,650. 

Additionally, the uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 57.3%, while the proportion of adults who are fully vaccinated stands at 10.8%. 

On Friday, the government assured Kenyans of its vigilance at all Points of Entry (POE) to ensure the COVID-19 Omicron variant is kept at bay. 

While citing the directives set aside on November 26, 2021, the ministry said; “All passengers (only persons aged 18 years and above) arriving into the country from the affected countries must show physical proof of vaccination.” 

The ministry, however, explained that effective December 21, 2021, the directive will apply to all visitors (including children) and all Kenyans travelling outside the country as well. 

“All inbound travellers into the country must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR taken 96 hours before arrival into the country.”