Kenya receives 504,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Kenya receives 504,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

  • The ministry said the vaccine doses arrived on Thursday evening through AVAT mechanism.
  • Kenya early this month received 252,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
  • Health CS Mutai Kagwe said the government now targets to hit target of 10 million vaccinated citizens by December.

Kenya has received 504,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to boost the vaccination exercise.

The Ministry of Health said the vaccine doses arrived in the country on Thursday evening through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) mechanism.

This comes after Kenya early this month received 252,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that were directly procured by the government.

The ministry at the time said that the government had made a provision of Ksh.14.3 billion to procure 13 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutai Kagwe on October 21, 2021 said the government now targets to have enough doses in the country to hit the 10 million mark of vaccinated citizens come December 2021.

“The vaccine supply situation in the country has now been greatly improved. By next week, we will have received and supplied all doses required for us to hit our target of 10 million people by end of December,” he stated.

The CS advised Kenyans to be more vigilant in observing the laid out COVID-19 protocols to help in curbing the spread of the coronavirus even as the dusk-to-dawn curfew was vacated.

"I appeal to Kenyans not to relent, to ensure that you are vaccinated. I appeal to younger people to get vaccinated and to ensure that their parents are also vaccinated," he advised.

As of October 20, 2021, a total of 4,733,770 vaccines had so far been administered across the country. Of these, 3,416,746 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 1,317,024.