Kenyan media reported on December 24 that Kenyan Health Minister Mutashi Kagui said on the same day that the coronavirus vaccine will be included in the country’s national immunization plan, and Kenyan citizens will enjoy free vaccination.
Kenya has signed a COVID-19 vaccine procurement agreement with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.
After the vaccine is approved, it plans to procure about 24 million doses of vaccines, covering more than 20% of the Kenyan population.
Ken’s Ministry of Health will also allocate 10 billion shillings (about 100 million USD) to purchase more vaccines in the first half of 2021, when 438,000 health workers will be given priority, and the other priority groups for vaccinations will be police officers, the elderly and teachers.
A survey by the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that if the coronavirus vaccine is considered safe and effective, about 90% of Kenyan people are willing to participate in the vaccination, which is higher than the average acceptance of the novel coronavirus vaccine in Africa by 79%.