Covid-19
Vaccines deployment task force chairman Dr Willis Akhwale.

You risk getting a severe COVID-19 attack if you have not been vaccinated or are yet to receive booster shots in case another wave hits.

The Ministry of Health is expressing concern that the uptake of vaccines has reduced in January, attributing it to a decline in Covid-19 infections and positivity rate.

“Booster doses are very important because this pandemic is not yet over and science has shown us that the immunity wanes six months after the second dose,” vaccines deployment task force chair Dr Willis Akhwale said.

Data from the Ministry shows that 118,969 jabs have been administered out of an eligible 390,000.

“What it means is that if you are going to get another infection you are likely to get a breakthrough infection and that can put you at risk of being admitted because of severe disease,” he added.

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Kenya has received 24.6 million vaccines and administered a total of 11.7 million doses of vaccines of which 6.3 million are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 5.1 million.

Another 36,945 are doses administered to those aged between 15 and 18 years.

Kenya’s Covid-19 caseload stands at over 320,000 cases.

In the last 24 hours, 182 people tested positive from a sample size of 5,477, posting a positivity rate of 3.3 percent.

The Ministry announced that three patients have succumbed to the virus, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the month of January pushing the cumulative fatalities to 5,565.

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