Uptake Of COVID-19 Jab Increases In Busia County

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By Reuben Olita

The uptake of Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine among Busia residents has increased tremendously with a total of 109,431 people having taken the jab.

County Coordinator for Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Juliet Kilima said 73,933 people have received the 1st dose while 28, 519 (2nd dose) and 6,979 single dose of Johnson and Johnson, which translates to 15.8 per cent, 6.1 per cent and 1.5 per cent respectively.
Kilima revealed that among those vaccinated 601 are pregnant mothers, adding that over 20 have been able to deliver safely.

“Currently we are having a high demand for the vaccine across the County. We are vaccinating an average of 2,500 individuals in a day of which is a very positive response from the public,” she said.

Speaking at the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH) where long queues have continued to be witnessed for those who have come out to be inoculated, Kilima reiterated the need for those not vaccinated to ensure they visit designated health facilities to receive the covid-19 vaccine.

“I want to encourage members of the public who are not vaccinated to come out in large numbers considering that it is the best way forward to protect them from severe Covid-19 disease. The vaccines are available,” she said.

Kilima who was accompanied by the UNICEF Health Officer, Kisumu Camlus Odhus, appreciated the support provided by various partners in ensuring that Covid-19 vaccination outreaches are conducted for the benefit of locals who cannot access hospitals.

“We acknowledge the support from UNICEF, Centre for International Health Education and Biosecurity, Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Kenya Red Cross. They have assisted the County to reach a large number of individuals,” added the EPI coordinator.

Mr Odhus underscored the importance of parents ensuring that children continue with the routine immunization which had been affected by Covid-19.

“We are supporting the Rapid Results Initiative to ensure that children who defaulted in their routine vaccines among them Polio, measles, Rubella and influenza are able to get back into the system,” he said, when he visited the BCRH to check on the progress of vaccination.

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