By Brighton Makori
Health Principal , Secretary, Susan Mochache has launched vaccination against Covid 19 in Kisii County which will see all medical and non medical staff working at health facilities vaccinated.
The PS, accompanied by Governor James Ongwae said the vaccine is safe, adding health workers, teachers, uniformed officers and people living with HIV/ Aids, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, Tuberculosis and the rest will be vaccinated respectively.
Addressing the media when she Commissioned the vaccine at Kisii Teaching and Referral hospital the PS said children aged below 18 and pregnant women will not be vaccinated, stressing the government expects 3 million doses in May to vaccinate more Kenyans terming the Vaccine to be safe .
“Kenya is among the first few African countries to begin the vaccine programme. We are aware of the many question on the viability of the vaccine. I would like to assure you that the vaccine is approved by global regulators, and it is safe for people with the current benefits outweighing any potential risks. Further as we move towards securing vaccines to immunize other Kenyans, we look forward to the women leadership in ensuring that our other vulnerable population are reached and vaccinated”she added .
On his part Kisii Governor James Ongwae said 1033 people had tested positive of Covid 19, 33 have died and 80 health workers had been infected but non succumbed noting that the county has continues set measures to curb the Pandemic.
“ We received 4,500 doses of the vaccine, the first phase will target 2,900 health workers, teachers and unformed officers, phase two those with diabetes, hypertension, cancer, HIV / Aids while phase three will target students, prisoners and others.
He said the vaccine is safe and added the County’s emergency and Response Committee will spearhead the exercise and urged targeted persons to cooperate to make it successful.
Governor also hailed the National Government for working Hard to ensure that the Vaccine is available to Kenyans more so To Kisii county.
He also called upon residents to Mantain the WHO protocols in hygiene, masking and social distancing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus as the roll out of the vaccine continues.
“Thank you Health PS Susan Mochache for officiating the exercise in which our frontline workers are targeted to be vaccinated first followed by uniformed officers, teachers students and other vulnerable groups” He said
During the exercise, County Director of Public Health, Dr Richard Ogware was the first to be vaccinated by Nurse Josephine Onyiego, while Nurse Christine Momanyi followed suit.