Patrick Amoth becomes first Kenyan to receive Covid-19 vaccine
Acting Health Director-General Patrick Amoth has become the first person in Kenya to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
Amoth received the vaccine publicly at the Kenyatta National Hospital where the distribution of the vaccine was launched.
KNH Chief Executive Officer Dr. Evanson Kamuri was the second person to be vaccinated, followed by a nurse at the hospital and Dr Collins Tabu (head of immunization and vaccine in the Health Ministry).
Eight other officials also received the vaccine.
Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Susan Mochache says that the ministry has launched a Digital Management System to help manage the distribution of vaccine to Kenyans.
“It is our responsibility to ensure all the health care workers get support. This may mark the beginning of the end of the pandemic” she said.
The vaccines were procured by UNICEF under the COVAX facility, which is co-led by Gavi (a public–private global health partnership); World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).