Jun 15, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Five locked-down counties snap up nearly half of vaccine doses

Nairobi, Nakuru and Kiambu who fall into the disease infected zone – to and from which movement was restricted – lead to the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Slow uptake

Together with Machakos and Kajiado, the other two regions in the exclusion zone, the five districts vaccinated 388,472 people, which is 47 percent of the nation’s vaccine uptake.

According to the Ministry of Health, 822,651 people had been vaccinated nationwide by April 23rd.

The top five districts – Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu and Nyeri – make up more than half of those vaccinated across the country.

Kenya Vaccination Report

In total, the five largest counties vaccinated 423,731 what Equals 51 percent of the nationwide number.

In Nairobi 254.7 22 received the vaccine, Nakuru (53,180), Kiambu (44,693), Uasin Gishu (39,885) and Nyeri (31,251).

Between 1st and 23rd April, Meru and Kakamega counties went on vaccinations to push Mombasa and Laikipia off the top 10 charts. Murang’a, Kisumu and Mombasa are in the top 10.

Kajiado, where 19,699 were vaccinated, and Machakos (16, 178) are 11th and 14th out of 47 decentralized agencies Units.

Districts with the lowest vaccinations are Garissa (1,978), Isiolo (1,438), Tana River (732), Lamu (592) and Marsabit (592).

And although health workers, security guards and teachers had priority because of the risks they face in their service, they appear to have avoided the vaccine.

Together, these occupational groups only make up 42 percent of all vaccinations.

The majority of those vaccinated (475,183 or 58 percent) are mainly Kenyans aged 58 and over.

Among security guards, only 68,677, or eight percent, received the bump, followed by teachers (126,322, or 15 percent) and the health worker al (152,469 or 19 percent).

Experts have raised concerns about the extremely low number of teachers vaccinated against Covid-19 three weeks before the school reopens and it is expected that the first dose will be given before reopening of schools on May 10 due to their constant interaction with learners.

However, the number of Kenyans vaccinated is still below the one million mark, more than 50 days since Covid-19 vaccination campaign started.

Although the program has gained momentum, only 840,075 (as of April 27) had received the vaccine, an average of 17,000 people have each I received the shots against a target of 50,000 for the day.

About 253,383 doses remain, of which only 40,000 are in the central vaccine warehouse.

According to the health authority, these doses could be The admission rate will reach its current high in 10 to 14 days.

Nevertheless, data from the CDC vaccination dashboard for Africa indicate that the population is not yet complete is vaccinated.

To be considered fully vaccinated, a person must take two doses of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, which is widely used in the country. The majority of those who received the first dose (called the main dose) will receive their second burst in June after the Ministry of Health increased the time interval between first and second doses from eight to 12 weeks.

One dose of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to provide sustained protection against Covid for at least three months and reduce the transmission of the virus by two thirds.

According to an analysis of new data from three studies published in the Lancet in February, the first shot offered an average of 76 percent protection against symptomatic infections from three weeks to 90 days and reduced disease transmission by 67 percent.

Researchers who had clinical trials in the UK, Brazil and South Africa in December found that delaying the second shot by at least three months increased protection to an average of 82 percent cents.

Ke Nyan men are still more enthusiastic about the vaccine.

Internationally, however, more women are receiving the vaccine, with data showing higher mortality in men.

The reasons for the gender gap in the country have yet to be determined, although some experts have traced the trend back to occupations in the first priority group. < / p>

“One of the things that comes to mind is how the target audience in Kenya is composed. Although women are in the majority in the health workers category, the other groups – security guards and people with underlying medical conditions – are likely to have more men, ”noted Dr. Moses Masika, virologist at the University of Nairobi.

A policy brief on vaccine acceptance in the country found that more men (77 percent) are likely to accept the vaccine than women (66 percent) .

According to Ms. Christina Lenjou, psychologist and mental health expert, one of the things that could influence this shift is the fear of infection in men who have been shown to be are more susceptible to the virus.

Globally, deaths from Covid-19 in men were about 2.4 times higher. In Kenya, men are twice as likely to be infected and die as women.

“Men are also brave and are therefore not afraid of the side effects of the vaccine. Compared to women who are more curious, “Ms. Lenjou said.

She also argues that men are also more likely to interact with lots of people and are at high risk of contracting the virus in the process.

“Because they have to protect their families, they will get vaccinated,” added Ms. Lenjou.

Of which the entire population is vaccinated, 460,059 are male and 362,114 are female. Another 401 are intersex people and 77 are transgender people.

Kenya first recognized intersex people in its last census in 2019, who showed that there were around 1,524 people.

Kenya is still vaccinating almost less than half of the people who were originally supposed to be vaccinated, six days to two months since the exercise started on March 8th.

By On April 23, around 1,080,000 cans were sent to the nine regional depots.

The Nairobi region received 393,000 cans, Eldoret (129,000), Nakuru (117,000), Kisumu (108,000), Nyeri (84,000), Kakamega (81,000), Mombasa (66,000), Meru (39,000), Garissa / Mandera (25,000), Kenyan Defense Forces, Kahawa (32,000) and State House (6000).

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