A campaign to encourage stakeholders in the public transport sector to get vaccinated against Covid-19 was launched on Thursday amid concerns about low vaccine uptake in parts of the country. In a speech in Nairobi to mark the launch of the public transport company’s Covid-19 vaccination awareness campaign, Cabinet Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the government remains committed to vaccinating all those eligible.
While the health authority praised the efforts of the public transport companies for their role in the country’s economic development, it said the group continues to play a key role in ongoing efforts to deal with the pandemic. “For us, you are also one of our frontline officers. Without you we are much weaker, our own nurses cannot work. ”Kagwe observed.
The CS said all sectors need to pull together to ensure the health ministry achieves its goal of achieving herd immunity in the population, which in turn will allow the country’s economy to reopen completely.
“We can only do this if the positivity rate drops and we have more vaccinations. We aim to reach 5 million doses before Mashujaa Day. If you are vaccinated, you are a Shujaa, ”said the CS.
This despite the fact that he expressed concern about the low intake of vaccines in parts of the country despite sufficient doses. “We have enough vaccines in the country and we keep getting more. I would like to encourage the district governments to start initiatives like this one to mobilize more people for the vaccination, ”the health authority pleaded.
At the same event, Minister of Transport, James Macharia, said his department remains ready to work with the Department of Health to maintain the ongoing vaccination campaign, which aims to vaccinate the entire adult population against Covid-19 disease. Macharia said his ministry is interested in introducing cashless PSV Services to reduce the contact level.
Edwin Mukabana, chairman of the Association of the Public Transport Sector, said the public transport sector should ensure continued compliance with the Covid-19 protocols if the successes seen in recent months are to continue.
When he appeared before the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe praised interventions that included a coordinated response from the entire government to ensure the spread of the disease does not overwhelm the country’s responsiveness.
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