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Kenya: 6% of adult population fully vaccinated

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Nairobi – The absorption of the second dose of COVID-19 among those who received their first dose rose to 41.7% on Sunday, with just 6% of the adult population having been fully vaccinated.

In a statement, Cabinet Secretary of Health Mutahi Kagwe said a total of 5,307,181 vaccines had so far been administered across the country. Of these, 3,679,975 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 1,627,206.

The government said it was working to vaccinate a target population of 10 million people by December out of a population of nearly 54 million.

Nairobi County led the way with 17.8% of the population fully vaccinated.

The health ministry said that of a target population of 3,052,494 over 18, only 543,275 had been fully immunized.

Nyeri County ranks second with 80,534 of 510,028 target populations having been fully vaccinated, or 15.8 percent.

Kiambu County ranks third with 9.5% of its population having been fully vaccinated with 153,780 out of 1,623,545 target population having been fully vaccinated.

The biggest headache for the Ministry of Health immunization exercise being Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Marsabit who continued to record the lowest numbers with less than 1% of the population fully vaccinated

The Ministry of Health has faced many challenges in the immunization exercise due to the nomadic nature of the communities in the north and other areas hit hard by drought.

Kenya passed the 5 million COVID-19 vaccination mark on October 26, a major milestone in the fight against the pandemic.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said his government hopes to vaccinate 10 million people by December.

Kenya is rolling out Astrazenecca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as part of the vaccination campaign.

On Sunday, Kagwe said 17 people had tested positive for the disease, out of a sample of 3,014 tested in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of cases to 253,310.

The positivity rate is now 0.6%.


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