The government today received a consignment of 252,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
The vaccines, which landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard an Emirates airline at 1.35 pm, have been directly procured by the Kenya Government.
On hand to receive the drugs were officials from the Ministry of Health led by the Chairman of the National Task force on Covid-19 Deployment and VaccinatioTaskforce Willis Akhwale who represented Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
Addressing journalists at the airside, Akhwale said this was the second consignment of Johnson and Johnson vaccines that had been directly procured by the government.
He noted that the Government had made a provision of Sh 14.3 billion to procure 13 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines in the current financial year and that this was part of that provision. With the arrival of today’s vaccines, this now amounted to 393,600 of the expected 13 million vaccines.
Akhwale said the Government had projected to be receiving one million doses of Johnson and Johnson between August and December and about two million from January.
“We are happy with the increased doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines as they will be used in our primary health care facilities, as well as our mobile outreach units,” he added.
Akhwale noted that the vaccines, will increase the number of those fully vaccinated faster because they were a single shot dose.
Akhwale said that Health CS Mutahi Kagwe had made it clear that for the country to fully open up the economy, Kenyans must be vaccinated.
He said to date close to 4 million people had been vaccinated and that the ministry hopes to vaccinate another 1.8 million people by October 20th.
He urged Kenyans to turn out to get the jab since there were enough vaccines in the country now.