25 healthcare workers in Lamu County have today been vaccinated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, in an exercise targeting frontline health workers .
Phase one of this major milestone in the fight against COVID-19 in Lamu, targets 1,500 healthcare workers protecting them as they treat victims of COVID-19 and provide other essential health services .
The campaign set off earlier today with the vaccination of the first person in the County, CECM Health Dr. Anne Gathoni .
Speaking at the King Fahd Hospital in Lamu after receiving the shot, Dr. Gathoni said , frontline health workers in Lamu will be given priority as they continue to lead the way in the fight against the scourge.
“I can assure health workers in Lamu and the public that these vaccines are safe and effective. With this vaccination we will get much closer to ending this pandemic,” said Dr. Gathoni.
She further noted that, distribution of these vaccines to other healthcare facilities across the county is underway to ensure easy access to all health practitioners and their other members of staff . Those vaccinated will have to wait for 8 weeks before they get their second shot.
Dr. Gathoni is calling on Lamu County residents to continue observing public health measures in place even as the vaccination campaign continues, “Always wear your masks when venturing out, practice social distancing and avoid congested gatherings and settings” she added.
The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign started in Kenya last week targeting frontline health workers. The state department of Health guidelines give priority to frontline workers such as healthcare professionals, teachers, and security personnel.