Kenya: Strict Measures to be Effected to Boost Covid Vaccine Uptake

In the directives, Kenyans who are not fully vaccinated will likely be denied access to in-person government services.

Kenya’s Minister of Health Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday asserted that strict measures will be enforced from Dec 21 to enhance the uptake of the vaccines.

In the directives, Kenyans who are not fully vaccinated will likely be denied access to in-person government services. 

They include services offered by the Kenya Revenue Authority, National Transport and Safety Authority, hospital and prison visitations as well as education, port and immigration services.

 “Drivers, conductors, bodaboda riders, pilots, air hostesses and all other workers in the sector should be fully vaccinated and carry proof of vaccination at all times,” Kagwe said.

 To access the services, citizens will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

 “The key reason why all of us need to be vaccinated is to ensure that we keep the economy going and make sure we do not go back to hospitalization and people suffering at home,” he said.

“Those who have been vaccinated will not risk their lives serving those who have refused to be vaccinated.”

Kagwe said the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the county governments and other stakeholders will undertake a 10-day mass vaccination exercise from Nov 26.

“Governments in other countries are debating whether to re-impose strong restrictions as we head to the festive season and so should we. We know that during the festive periods many of the known measures against the virus such as social distancing can easily get overlooked as people make merry,” he added.

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