Kenya to demand proof of vaccination for arriving passengers
Kenya has announced stringent immigrations measures aimed stemming the spread of new Covid-19 variants into the country.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says it will now be mandatory for foreigners to have a Covid-19 certificate before entering the country adding that Kenya has adopted a restrictive protocol to have foreigners traveling into the country to have a covid-19 certificate.
“Those who are abroad including foreigners if they want to come to our country Kenya, they must be vaccinated for them to gain entry,” he said speaking at a school fundraiser in Kisii county on Sunday.
The health Secretary denied making vaccination mandatory but warned it was more than necessary.
“If you have not been vaccinated and you want to enter a plane, a car or even government offices. If you want to come to my office like that do not come, just call,” Kagwe said.
Cognisant of the ongoing campaigns and the forthcoming electioneering calendar, Kagwe challenged the political class to use their political rallies to urge their supporters to get vaccinated and take advantage of the influence they have on the masses and the crowds they attract in their political rallies.
“I urge all politicians, even before we start talking about politics in every meeting, you should start by encouraging people on being vaccinated,” he said.
The health ministry changing tact to use politicians given the Afya house had projected to vaccinate at least 10,000,000 Kenyans by the end of 2021.
Data provided by the health ministry indicate at least 7 million Kenyans have received the Covid-19 jabs.
Out of which only 2.8 million Kenyans have been fully vaccinated while 4.5 Kenyans have been partially vaccinated.
Afya house has stepped up restrictive measures in the travel sector to secure the country against omicron virus, despite earlier saying the country will not lock its borders.
The event was also attended by opposition chief Raila Odinga's spouse Ida Odinga who pledged her allegiance to back Odinga's candidature and popularize his presidential bid to the Gusii region.
She urged Kenyans to vote wisely for the next president of the country.
“I leave it to you do your best to pick the best leader,” she said.