The Kiambu County Government has kicked-off Covid-19 mass vaccination drive, targeting over 50,000 residents in two days.
Governor James Nyoro, who launched the exercise at Thika Stadium Monday, revealed that, 145, 000 people have so far been vaccinated in the County since the drive started in March, adding that in two days the number could rise to 200,000.
He said the County Government has acquired enough AstraZeneca vaccine doses to vaccinate its populace, adding that the exercise will continue in the 103 health facilities within the County, as well as social halls.
He said the target is to have 80 percent of Kiambu residents vaccinated by December this year.
“The County has faced its fair share of Covid-19, losing several of the residents to the virus. Again, admissions have been high. We have been given the chance to beat this virus through vaccination and therefore, I urge our residents to turn-up in large numbers to take the jab,” Nyoro appealed.
The County Chief said priority will be given to service providers including boda boda and matatu operators, hoteliers among others, to reduce the spread of the virus.
On the County’s Covid-19 situation, the Governor said, 200 patients are currently admitted at the County’s Covid-19 facility at Tigoni Level Four Hospital, out of which close to 190 patients are on oxygen ventilatory support.
He said over 95 percent, translating to about 185 of the patients have not received any Covid-19 jab, while the others have received only one dose of the jab.
“Only a handful who received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine are admitted, but mostly those who have other serious underlying conditions. This shows that the vaccine is working and residents should take it,” he noted.
Residents led by Thika District Business Association Chairman, Alfred Wanyoike, said they have been subjected to untold suffering by the pandemic and are championing for mass vaccination to help the Covid cases decline.
“We want the cases to drastically decline so that the Covid restrictions can be eased. This will help traders who have been adversely affected by the pandemic get back to their feet,” Wanyoike said.
Thika Boda boda Association Chairman, Karanja Mwago, said the phobia related to the vaccine regarding its side effects is long gone and that most residents are ready to get the jab for their protection.