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Kericho residents urged to get vaccinated against Covid-19

 

The ministry of Health is calling upon the residents of Kericho to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in the next 10 days of mass vaccination exercise in the designated health facilities within the County.

 

The mass vaccination exercise kicked off on 17th July 2022 at 96 health centers within the County.

 

Statistics from the MOH indicate, a total of 150,386 persons in Kericho have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 disease against the population 901,777 according to the 2019 census.

 

According to Kericho County Coordinator Immunisation against infectious diseases Mr Alfred Langat, 176,568 persons in the County have so far been partially vaccinated while another 4,389 have received Booster doses.

 

Speaking during the County Covid-19 acceleration mass vaccination stakeholders meeting today, Mr Langat said that since the pandemic hit Kericho in 2019, a total of 5,324 cases have been reported in the County, noting that 290 persons have lost their lives to the disease.

 

Mr Langat further said that those who have been fully vaccinated against the scourge comprise of 28.5 percent of the total population in the county. 

 

The immunisation officer called for concerted efforts to help have as many residents of Kericho to get vaccinated since the disease has started to show incidence of re-emergence citing the relatively increasing number of individuals who are turning positive to the disease in the county with some others now admitted at isolation centres in the County.

 

Mr Langat said that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) a total of 6, 325,785 deaths have been reported as of 20th June 2022, while 11,912,594,538 doses have been administered in Kenya.

 

During the meeting, those in attendance noted that misinformation and myths on the covid-19 vaccines were making majority of residents from the Kipsigis community  to shy away from getting vaccinated.

 

The stakeholders said they will undertake   a number of measures  to help fight misinformation and myths that hinders uptake of vaccination that will include use of church leaders, the opinion leaders, Covid-19 champions to talk on the issues in local FM radio stations.  

 

Langat urged the residents of Kericho to embrace the vaccination measures to avoid chances of contracting the disease.

 

According to Langat Covid-19  most common symptoms associated with the disease include fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, aches, and pains, nasal congestions, diarrhoea, discoloration of fingers and nails.

 

 

Source:KNA

 

 

 

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