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County government partners with NGOs to enhance vaccination

Meru County government has partnered with non-governmental organisations to carry out outreach programmes that will ensure more people from the county receive Covid-19 vaccinations. 

Addressing the media from his office yesterday, the county health executive Dr Meshack Mutuma raised concerns over the low number of people who have so far been vaccinated.

He said the health department had targeted to vaccinate at least 185,000 people by December but only 142,000 people had received the jab so far.

We have a deficit of 43,000 people to meet our target and this has informed our partnership with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and UNICEF in order to take the exercise to rural areas and reach as many people as possible,” said Mutuma.

He said the county government has enough vaccines which were being offered in at least 63 centres in the county. “We have ensured that at least every sub-county has six to ten vaccination centres and these are enough to cover the areas,” said Mutuma.

He said the county has enough personnel to attend to organised groups who require the vaccine wherever they are. “We are also visiting market centres, churches and other public gatherings to administer the vaccine and therefore no one has a reason to miss the vaccine on account of accessibility,” he said.

Mutuma said the county government will soon start implementing directives issued by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on accessing government services for those who have not been vaccinated.

Meru County CEC Dr Meshack Mutuma addressing the media from his office. He raised concerns over the number of people who had so far received the Covid-19 vaccine

Addressing the press on Sunday, November 21, the CS urged Kenyans to ensure that they are fully vaccinated before December 21 after which they would be locked out of government services.

“We are urging our people to visit the various centres spread across the county to receive the vaccination to avoid the last-minute rush before we start implementing the directive come January 2022,” said Mutuma.

He said a majority of the residents were adamant on the issue of vaccination and were the same people who were capable of spreading the virus to the elderly and even children.

“There is no other way we can protect ourselves against the disease apart from being vaccinated. We want to ensure that at least 50 per cent of our population is vaccinated so we can open up the county and continue with our usual lifestyles,” said Mutuma.

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