Government employees and public servants who will not have received their first Covid-19 jab by Monday, August 23rd will lose their jobs as well as employee benefits. This is according to a memo from the PS in the Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Mary Kimonye.
This move, the PS says is informed by information that some public servants are intentionally avoiding the vaccination so as to continue staying home, away from work.
The demand by the government to its employees comes at a time the country is aggressively pushing to vaccinate her entire adult population by December, efforts which were boosted last week when Kenya received a further 407,000 doses of the Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The vaccines, donated by the UK government, are expected to boost the ongoing vaccination campaign that has seen 2,101,403 people receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while receiving the vaccine batch, Acting Director-General of health Dr. Patrick Amoth said this latest consignment will boost the ongoing vaccination drive while also thanking the UK government, WHO, UNICEF, and partners who are helping in the vaccine deployment plan.
“The Ministry of Health has now received a total of 817,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as a contribution of the British government in Kenya’s fight against Covid-19,” the Ag. Director-General of Health said.
Dr. Amoth revealed the country is expecting to receive f 1.7 million doses of Moderna soon, 393,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine in the next few weeks, and 1.8 million doses of Pfizer vaccine in September this year.