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MoH adjusts Covid-19 vaccine management time from 8-12 weeks – KBC

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The Ministry of Health has adjusted the interval between the administration of the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and the second dose from 8 to 12 weeks.

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The first recipients of the second test are therefore expected to receive their supplement during the first week of June 2021.

This was revealed during a response by Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe during a meeting with the Senate Health Standing Committee.

CS states that the Ministry has complied with guidelines from the World Health Organization and current evidence that suggests taking a second dose in 12 weeks provides a greater immune response and better immunity.

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According to the MoH, the total number of people vaccinated so far in Kenya is 853,081.

Fifty-six percent of these are men while 44 are women.

Among those vaccinated as the 27thth April, 2021 includes 154,031 health workers, 70,467 security personnel, 129,527 teachers, 259, 961 people over the age of 58 while 226,089 are other groups.

Seventy-four percent of health workers, 39 percent of teachers, and 10 percent of people over the age of 58 have been vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health in the same session also revealed that Covax had informed Kenya of the 2.5 million shipment delays out of the 3.5 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses allocated to Kenya in the period February to May 2021.

Kagwe however said that the Ministry was in constant contact with Covax and the shipment of another vaccine group should be received during May.

CS in his response also stated that the global vaccine shortage was outside Kenya and in fact Covax noted that there are international efforts to address those challenges.

In addition, the Ministry of Health had engaged the African Community with a view to securing 7 million doses of Pfizer and 10 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines to vaccinate 13.5 million Kenyans.

Kenya currently expects more than 20 million doses from Covax and plans to buy 11 million doses from the same facility.

By June 2022, the Ministry says all Kenyan adults will be vaccinated.

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