23-03-2021 by redazione
Vaccinations of Kenyan citizens and the foreign diplomatic corps in the country have begun.
The Ministry of Health has issued a list of all facilities where, starting this week, it is possible to book the AstraZeneca vaccine provided under the Covax programme. Minister Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that 530,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have already been distributed to various regional centres across the country and that 40,000 people have been vaccinated to date.
"Vaccination is for now available for the categories already reported and only in selected facilities in the country," Kagwe said, "These also include individuals and religious. Any official can report for vaccination at any facility designated as a vaccination site and receive the dose free of charge."
On the coast, the vaccines have arrived only in Mombasa (in recent days) and Kilifi (yesterday), while in Malindi have yet to arrive.
In Mombasa, the main private hospitals (Mombasa Hospital, Pandya and Aga Khan) in addition to the Coast General Hospital in the County and four other facilities, plus the Premier Hospital in Nyali.
In Diani, Diani Beach Hospital and Kinondo Hospital (private) plus Msambweni Public Hospital and 4 other facilities in Kwale County.
In Kilifi County, in Malindi in addition to SubCounty Hospital, Tawfiq Clinic, Star Hospital, Meridian, Afya Hospital in Mtangani, in Watamu Watamu Hospital and Kilifi County Hospital, in addition to six other facilities, including Kaloleni, Mariakani and Rabai.
Another three hospitals will be active in Lamu, three in Tana River County, six in Taita Taveta (including three in Voi), and two in Lamu.
For this first round of vaccinations, priority is given to health workers, then to police, government office workers and teachers. After that, employees of tourist facilities and personnel working in contact with the public or in private facilities will also be eligible for the programme.
For foreign residents, the timeframe is expected to be a little longer or vaccines will have to be purchased by authorised facilities and paid for.
For foreign citizens present in Kenya, and therefore also for Italians, whether residents or not, it will therefore be possible in the future, perhaps as early as the next few months, to get vaccinated in hospitals or clinics that will receive the doses for non-mandatory vaccinations and on payment.
The Italian government has not given any indications to the contrary for its citizens who are temporarily or permanently abroad, while in Kenya, the Ministry of Health has published the list of centres that will be authorised to vaccinate applicants.
From the same health facilities reported we have been confirmed that in the future anyone who comes forward and asks to be given the vaccine, subject to payment, will also be accepted and will be given the booster. With regard to possible reimbursement by our government for compatriots who will be vaccinated abroad, news will soon arrive and there may be facilitations for certain categories.
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