The Kenyan Ministry of Health said Friday it would vaccinate 1.25 million people against the coronavirus between February and June “if global vaccine stocks are expected to be limited”.
It will be the first phase of a three-phase vaccination program against a second wave of the pandemic that Kenya is facing.
In the second phase, 9.7 million more Kenyans are to be vaccinated from July 2021 to June 2022, targeting those over 50 as well as those over 18 with “underlying health conditions” according to the ministry.
The third phase targets 4.9 million of “all other vulnerable populations such as those in congregation environments”. It could also be carried out simultaneously with the second phase “depending on the availability of suitable vaccines”.
Health officials also announced plans to build a capacity of more than 23,000 healthcare workers, including 8,000 “healthcare volunteers in vaccine administration, logistics management, data collection, reporting and monitoring.”
The announcement comes when Kenya confirmed that 141 people in a sample of 5,644 tested positive for the virus, bringing the number of infections to 100,563.
Confirmed deaths from COVID-19 stand at 1,753, while 83,821 recoveries have been confirmed.
Authorities have carried out 1,177,811 tests in the country of nearly 55 million.
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