MoH To Give Covid-19 Vaccine Doses, Booster Shots To College Students

The Ministry of Health has launched a campaign which will see them administer Covid-19 jabs and booster shots to students in colleges and other tertiary institutions.

This, according to Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache, is in order to prevent the virus from spreading in universities and colleges particularly among the young adult population.

PS Mochache said that the government is now targeting over 50,000 students in the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) campuses.

“I am urging all the colleges of KMTC to take up their roles of educating communities on models of Covid-19 prevention to curb transmission of the virus,” she said while addressing the press on Saturday.

“We have now ensured that under the accelerated Covid-19 vaccination program, all the 71 KMTC campuses serve as vaccination centers.”

She added that over 20 million vaccine doses will be administered to teenagers, aged 15-17, in the period that started January to June 2022.

“Kenya has, therefore, laid out plans to administer at least 20 million vaccine doses between January and June 2022, to achieve the mid-year targets and has set specific targets for each of the 47 county governments with an objective of ensuring the administration of vaccine doses according to their population proportions,” she noted.

Meanwhile, 800,000 students who sat for the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) are being vaccinated before they join university in July. 

“As most of them will start joining various collages from July 2022, we appeal to all their parents and guardians to encourage the young adults to be vaccinated before they join their next level of education,” Mochache said at a past address.

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