Government to withhold key services from unvaccinated Kenyans
Kenyans have until December 21 to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or miss key government services, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has announced.
In an update on COVID-19 response measures in the country, the CS on Sunday said that everybody seeking in-person government services will be required to prove they have fully been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Such services will include but not limited to: KRA services, Education, Immigration Services, Hospital, and Prison Visitation, NTSA and Port Services among others,” Mutahi said.
The directive further requires workers in the transport sector, including drivers, conductors, pilots, Bodaboda riders, to be fully vaccinated and carry proof thereof all the time.
On their part, passengers using domestic flights, train services, and local travelers boarding buses and matatus will also have to produce proof of vaccination before or during their journey.
The CS noted that measures adopted and implemented by the government since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020, have resulted in marked decrease in the number of reported severe cases and deaths and, urged more vigilance during the festive season.
Kenya has recorded 254,629 COVID-19 cases and confirmed 5,325 related deaths since the outbreak.
Among essential workers and priority groups in the vaccination drive, 88% of health workers and 79% of teachers are now fully vaccinated, while only 18% of the elderly population have received the full jab.
Following a recommendation by the World Health Organization, Kenya will start inoculating young people aged 15 years and above, beginning November 23, with an overall goal of vaccinating at least 30 million Kenyans by the end of 2022.