By MAXIMILIAN OMONDI
Covid-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Wearing masks and social distancing helps reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. The combination of getting vaccinated and following ministry of health regulations to protect yourself and others provide the best protection from Covid-19. The Covid-19 vaccines are safe for most people 18 years and above, including those with pre-existing conditions of any kind, including auto-immune disorders.
Since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Kenya on 13th March 2020, as per 28th September Covid-19 statistics from the ministry of health 248,770 Kenyans have been infected since then 241,180 others have recovered from the virus and unfortunately 5,116 have succumbed to the virus. The numbers keep on rising every day, a sign that as a country, we need to tighten up the measures in the fight against Covid-19 to protect ourselves and others by turning up in large numbers in various medical centers identified by the Ministry of Health and get vaccinated. To help prevent the adverse effect of Covid-19 in the world, several countries across the world took up the responsibility of making the Covid-19 vaccine with the Pfizer/BioNTech being the first vaccine to be approved by the World Health Organization.
As per the Ministry of Health statistics Kenya has received 6,353,820 with the latest batch of 210,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Tuesday 28th September 2021 from the U.S government to boost the vaccination exercise. To date from a population of 55 million Kenyans; 3,664,721 Kenyans have been vaccinated where only 893,670 have received the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine. The Ministry of Health is urging more Kenyans to turn up in large numbers to get vaccinated since Covid-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had Covid-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get Covid-19 again. Covid-19 vaccines reduces the probability of contracting the virus. Let us get vaccinated.