A total of 340,121 people in Kenya have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health now says.
In an update announced on Tuesday 7th April, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said 339,893 of them had been inoculated by the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Out of these, 99,084 of them were Health Workers, 27, 945 Security Officers, 45,877 Teachers while 166,987 are other members of the public who include those at 58 years and above.
However, as per the records 228 others received the more prestigious Sputnik vaccine, including the Deputy President William Ruto.
Nairobi County contributed 33% of the total vaccinated people; followed by Nakuru and Uasin Gishu Counties at 7% and 6% respectively.
In terms of gender, out of those vaccinated, 192,746 (57%) are males while 147,147 (43%) are females.
Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi, put a warning to individuals willing to take up the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.
She argued the vaccine did not met all the necessary regulatory approvals for use in the country.
“A technical agreement stipulating the responsibilities of all the parties involved in the distribution is yet to be submitted to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board. What this means is that the vaccine has therefore not received all the necessary regulatory approvals for use in the country,” she said.
However, amid the confusion, high ranking individuals in the country have already started taking the vaccine.
One would have to part with Ksh. 11,000 for the two doses, administered 21 days apart.
Sputnik-V has boasted an incredible 93% efficacy rate, but still yet to be approved by the World Health Organization.