Kenya receives over 2.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Germany

Kenya receives over 2.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Germany

A consignment of Astrazeneca vaccines arrive in Kenya on Thursday , December 2.

  • The vaccines come amid heightened calls for mass vaccinations in the country, particularly given the growing global concern over the Omicron variant.

Kenya has received another 2.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) vaccine from Germany via the COVAX facility, bringing the total number of doses received to about 16 million.

The shipment arrived in Kenya on a Martinair cargo flight early Thursday, just a day after Kenya received another 1,462,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to help with vaccination efforts.

The vaccines come amid heightened calls for mass vaccinations in the country, particularly given the growing global concern over the Omicron variant. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking to a joint session of parliament on Tuesday, urged Kenyans to get their vaccines, saying they are the best weapon against the disease that has wreaked havoc around the world, killing millions and sending economies into remission.

“I urge all Kenyans to get vaccinated, 25 days to Christmas. I urge all to get the jab Let us be on the side of caution, protect our lives and those of all Kenyans.” 

“This new variant remains unknown, so, it is better to err on the side of caution, by receiving our vaccinations we will have played our part in securing not only, our lives but also in protection the lives of those around us,” President Kenyatta said. 

Kenya hopes to vaccinate at least 10 million adults by end of December, and 27 million by end of 2022. 

With a daily vaccination rate of 100,000 doses a day, Kenya had vaccinated more than 7.1 million adults by November 30. 

"Of these, 4,415,756 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were  2,759,827," a statement from the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. 

Across the country, the vaccination figures of the fully vaccinated are as follows: 

Nairobi County is in the lead with 27.6% of the population fully vaccinated followed by Nyeri county at 21.8%, Kiambu 16.4%, Laikipia 14.5%, Taita Taveta 13.1%, Murang’a 12.4%, Uasin Gishu 12.1%, Nyandarua 12.0%, Kirinyaga 11.4%, Kisumu 11.2%, Nakuru 10.9%, Mombasa and Kajiado 10.8% and Embu 10.3%. 

Meanwhile, Mandera county is the lowest with less than 2% of the Population fully vaccinated.