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Vaccine hesitancy persists as experts warn on more expiries

Less than 50 per cent of Kenyans have received Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

The low uptake of Covid-19 vaccines being witnessed in the country is likely to see more doses expire or go to waste in the coming days.

According to Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist (KMPDU) Deputy secretary general Dr Dennis Miskellah the uptake is not well and vaccines are expiring in hospitals.

The data of those vaccinated is stuck at less than 50 per cent and the government health facilities are throwing away some of the vaccines

Dr.Miskellah

“The data of those vaccinated is stuck at less than 50 per cent and the government health facilities are throwing away some of the vaccines,” he said.

Speaking during the Covid-19 Vaccine Sensitization for journalists in Kisumu, Miskellah said that the slow uptake of vaccines has mostly been contributed by misconceptions as well as lifting of the containment measures by the ministry.

Myths

Vaccine hesitancy in various communities is caused by misconceptions on its pregnancy effect, erection dysfunction mild effect on children, the elderly.

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist (KMPDU) Deputy secretary general Dr Dennis Miskellah during the MCK training in Kisumu (photo: Margaret Shella, LRB)

This has affected the confidence and trust on the vaccines.

The 7th wave of COVID-19 is predicted on 26th December 2022 and only 10 million Kenyans have been vaccinated

Dr.Miskellah

Miskellah emphasized on the importance of getting all the vaccines as a preventive mechanism since all vaccines work the same way.

“The 7th wave of COVID-19 is predicted on 26th December 2022 and only 10 million Kenyans have been vaccinated,” he said.

Out of 45 million Kenyans only 10 million are vaccinated with 2.8 million being teenagers.

The number of adults who of adults being fully vaccinated stands at 36.5 per cent.

The sensitization was organized by the Media Council of Kenya.

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