Kilifi county commissioner Kutswa Olaka has called on members of the public to avail themselves in health facilities across the region to receive Covid 19 jab that has been made available even to remote health institutions.
Olaka took issue with the elderly citizens in the county for declining to take the jab even as the ministry of health insists that the elderly are at more risk of contracting Covid 19.
“Kilifi department of health has informed us that only 40, 000 elderly persons have received 1st and 2nd vaccination out of a total of 700, 000 elderly persons aged 55 and above. This is disturbing as the figure is too low and unacceptable. Kindly avail yourself to the health institutions or we will come for you,’’he said.
The CC said a door to door campaign to vaccinate at least 200,000 people in the coming two months has been organized so that more residents can receive either the first or second jab before they consider themselves for the additional booster.
“We will work in consultation with the county executive member for health to ensure infections have been minimized. Chiefs and their assistants have been fronted to ensure people within their jurisdictions have been vaccinated before the coming August polls,” the administrator said.
The county commissioner made the remarks while receiving Covid 19 booster from health personnel in his office Wednesday.
He said security organs worked tirelessly to ensure Covid 19 health protocols were observed by visitors and members of the public in gatherings as they toured the area over Christmas and New Year holidays.