Kenya Receives 504,000 Doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Kenyans stand in line to receive COVID-19 vaccines at the Makongeni Estate in Nairobi, Kenya, August 14, 2021. / CFP

Kenyans stand in line to receive COVID-19 vaccines at the Makongeni Estate in Nairobi, Kenya, August 14, 2021. / CFP

Kenya’s fight against COVID-19 received a big boost Thursday evening with the arrival of 504,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

With the arrival of the latest vaccination doses, the East African country has now received a total of 8,006,820 vaccination doses for its population of 52.6 million people.

Kenya launched its mass vaccination campaign in March 2021, initially targeting people who are considered to be particularly at risk, including the elderly, people with pre-existing conditions and medical workers.

As of Friday, the country had given a total of 4,826,129 vaccine doses, with the number of people fully vaccinated at 1,368,290.

Kenya plans to vaccinate 10 million people by December and 26 million by the end of 2022.

So far, the Ministry of Health has registered 252,499 confirmed COVID-19 infections with 5,249 deaths.

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