Mombasa County has embarked on a public awareness campaign through the media to address the notion that certain Covid-19 vaccines were superior to others.
The head of communication at the County health department Richard Chacha said there are cases where individuals would only visit vaccination centers to enquire about the availability of certain vaccines.
He said the spread of misinformation and disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines on social media has caused a section of Mombasa residents to only think that certain vaccines were effective.
“We are raising awareness to counter such information which has made people choosy. Some are waiting for Johnson and Johnson because of misinformation that it’s better than others,” added Chacha.
The public health officers are involved to raise awareness among the residents and also encourage them to come out in larger numbers to get vaccinated.
Chacha further added that despite the misinformation about superiority among Covid-19 vaccinations, the number of people queuing up for the jab was increasing daily.
“At times people are crowding to get vaccines and therefore violating the protocols. Our team has to intervene and ensure there is social distance, proper wearing of face masks,” he added.
He said elaborate measures have been put in place to ensure over one million Mombasa residents are fully vaccinated as part of the Covid-19 countrywide vaccination campaign launched by President Kenyatta targeting 10 million Kenyans by the end of this year.
According to statistics shared by Mombasa county health department, 85,611 people have been vaccinated since the launch of the vaccination exercise with 26,769 receiving their full dose.
At least 50841 people, who include 29,414 males, 21,412 females, 15 Intersex, 5,104 health workers, 2,790 security and 4,666 teachers, have received Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
About 26,769 people, comprising 15,364 males, 11397 females and 8 inter sexes have received their second dose of the vaccine. They include 3861 and 1268 health workers and security personnel respectively.
Another 8001 people have received the first dose of Moderna vaccine. They include 4780 males and 3219 females and two intersex.
Of the group which receive the Moderna vaccine, 194 are health workers, 360 security officers, 245 teachers and 6492 others from other spheres of life.