Teachers in Bungoma County have been flocking the Bungoma County referral hospital (BCRH) to get Covid-19 jabs.
This has led to overcrowding at the facility, thus exposing the very teachers and other members of the public to the risk of contracting the same virus they were seeking protection from.
Bungoma South KNUT Secretary Ken Nganga noted that although the CEC for health Dr. Anthony Walela had assured teachers that the vaccine was available in all Sub-county hospitals and six major private hospitals, only the referral hospital is offering the jab and two other private hospitals
While speaking to the Media in Bungoma, Mr. Nganga said that TSC and the government should stop giving ultimatums to teachers to take the Covid-19 jab, and instead extend the period to allow teachers and other public servants to take the vaccine willingly.
“Teachers from across the entire county have been coming to Bungoma County referral hospital to receive their Covid-19 vaccination derailing learning in the process,” he added.
The unionist however encouraged all teachers to avail themselves for the Covid-19 jab, adding that the vaccine does not have any side effects to the body.
“I have seen many people taking the Covid-19 jab but I haven’t heard of anybody dying or having side effects due to taking the vaccine,” he said.
Moses Wambusi, the Covid-19 coordinator in Bungoma County said that Bungoma County has received a total of 39,200 AstraZeneca vaccines out of which 25,000 residents have received the first dose while 11,000 have received the second dose.
Wambusi added that 7,699 teachers have received Covid-19 vaccination in Bungoma County and expressed hope that the numbers will go up due to the TSC directive that all teachers must be vaccinated.
“Today we are proud because teachers are trooping to our facility to be vaccinated. This is a positive move,” he stated.
Wambusi also noted that the county has to date recorded 682 positive cases.