Kenya is slated to begin giving second doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Kenya is expected to begin administering the second dose of the coronavirus vaccines on Friday May 28 as the country continues its battle against the pandemic.

The East African country started its mass vaccination against COVID-19 on March 5 after receiving around 1.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and had vaccinated 963,241 people by Thursday.

Kenya’s vaccination campaign focused on high-risk groups, including healthcare workers and the elderly.

A breakdown given by the ministry found that of the total vaccinations, 292,001 are people aged 58 and over, 164,913 are health workers, 151,568 teachers and 81,309 are security officers.

To date, Kenya has recorded 169,697 COVID-19 infections with 3,108 deaths.

The number of cases is the seventh highest in Africa while the death toll is the eighth highest on the continent.

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday called on the relevant authorities to step up preparations before an expected increase in the Indian coronavirus variant already identified in the country is expected.

In addition to mass vaccination, the Kenyan government has also imposed various measures to contain the pandemic, including a nationwide night curfew, a ban on large public gatherings and the mandatory wearing of face masks.

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