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Kisumu county rolls out accelerated Covid-19 vaccination campaign

Kisumu County has rolled out an accelerated Covid -19 vaccination campaign to reach out to all eligible individuals and enhance the jab uptake in the area.

The County Department of Health and Sanitation has decried the sluggish turnout of residents to be vaccinated even with the increased vaccination centers.

The heightened sensitization exercise would be conducted through meeting specific groups of interest, vernacular radio talks, dialogue forums, and the use of public places like markets.

The awareness drive is done in collaboration with OXFAM Kenya and other health partners. The lakeside county targets to vaccinate at least 135,000 new people during the first phase of the accelerated vaccination exercise which ends on 21st December 2021.

In a statement to media houses issued on Monday, County Director of Public Health and Sanitation Mr. Fredrick Oluoch attributed the Covid 19 vaccination apathy to lack of information among the residents.

“We are still experiencing a lot of hesitancy among the targeted population, as evidenced by the low turnout. This may be attributed to inadequate and or incorrect information, myths and misconceptions going around in the community,” read the statement in part.

During the campaign period, 34 vaccination centers based at the public health facilities and other selected outreach sites, across the seven Sub-counties within Kisumu County will offer Covid-19 vaccination services free of charge from8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Ag. CEC for Health and Sanitation Dr. Gregory Ganda during the official launch of the accelerated Covid 19 vaccination in Kisumu County last month reported that 9,093 Covid 19 cases were recorded since its outbreak. So far, 285 patients have succumbed to the disease.

“The Covid 19 jab is a game-changer in responding to the pandemic and is one of the main reasons for the gradual return to normal,” said Ganda.

According to Ganda, 91,906 people have been partially vaccinated representing 14 percent of the area’s population. Some 33,000 individuals, which is only 4 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated. The county targeted to vaccinate 675,000 people who are aged 18 and above.

The Ministry of Health has dispatched over 14,800 doses of Oxford/Astrazeneca, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to Kisumu.

The Department of Health and Sanitation has also trained some 255 health workers and deployed them to various centers to dispense the Covid 19 vaccine. Some of the health volunteers will visit households to identify members who are yet to be vaccinated.

Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o receiving his first dose of Covid 19 vaccine at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral and Teaching Hospital

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