Kenyan health workers dash for second COVID-19 jabs

2021-06-02 16:31:06 GMT2021-06-03 00:31:06(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

NAIROBI, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan health workers have busied themselves with taking the second shot of COVID-19 vaccines after the country started administering the doses.

The health workers on Wednesday consisted of 403 people out of the 471 who received the second doses in the nation, according to Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Health.

Kenya commenced inoculation against the coronavirus in early March, soon after the country received 1.02 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses that were manufactured in India under the COVAX facility.

The East African country on May 28 kicked off the second round of vaccination exercise targeting healthcare workers, teachers, security personnel and citizens aged 58 years and above.

The country on May 30 received 72,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from South Sudan, which had been returned to the COVAX facility due to low uptake over expiration fears.

As of Wednesday, Kenya has recorded 171,226 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 117,039 recoveries and 3,206 deaths, and has vaccinated 971,243 persons against the COVID-19. Enditem