DEBUNKING MYTHS

Kwale clergy lead campaign for Covid-19 jab

Say there are so many rumours spread about the vaccine hence the fear among residents

In Summary

•Inter-Religious Council of Kenya member Pastor Shadrack Maithia said most residents believe the myths and they have been hesitant in taking the jab.

•He said they are creating awareness on vaccine uptake that will help open up the economy and resume normalcy.

Inter-Religious Council of Kenya member Pastor Shadrack Maithia leads interfaith members in sensitizing locals to go for Covid jabs at Diani Beach Hospital in Kwale on Wednesday.
SENSITIZATION: Inter-Religious Council of Kenya member Pastor Shadrack Maithia leads interfaith members in sensitizing locals to go for Covid jabs at Diani Beach Hospital in Kwale on Wednesday.
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Kwale clergy have debunked fears and suspicions that the Covid-19 vaccine will turn people into zombies, make them infertile or even kill them.

Inter-Religious Council of Kenya member Shadrack Maithia said most residents believe the myths and they have been hesitant in taking the jab.

“There are so many rumours spread about the jabs hence the fear,” he said.

He spoke on Wednesday at Diani Beach Hospital in Msambweni subcounty during a mass vaccination drive for various religious leaders to enhance access and uptake of Covid-19 jabs in the county. 

Maithia said IRCK aims at helping the government to meet its target of vaccinating at least 30 per cent of its population by December.

He said by leading in vaccine uptake, their congregations will develop sufficient trust and break the barriers holding people back from getting vaccinated.

“We are confident in these jabs and act as pacemakers for various religious followers to emulate,” he said.

The pastor said most of the religious leaders have received their first dose while others have both.

He said they are creating awareness on vaccine uptake that will help open up the economy and resume normalcy.

Maithiia said Covid-19 is still lethal to human health.

He urged the residents to take jabs for their safety.

“According to experts, when you are vaccinated, the risks of getting the virus becomes minimal. You should therefore make an effort and get the vaccine,” he said.

Women of faith network representative Zipora Nyawira said the vaccines are harmless.

Nyawira said she got her two doses and she is healthy and alive.

Sheikh Amani Hamisi Kenya Muslim National Advisory Council organizing secretary urged residents to take advantage of the available vaccines to guard themselves against the virus.

Hamisi, however, urged the government not to rush in denying unvaccinated citizens government services but give them more time.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said from December 21, citizens seeking government services physically should show proof of vaccination.

Edited by Kiilu Damaris

An interfaith religious member Dominic Kasamba vaccinated at Diani Beach Hospital in Kwale on Wednesday.
VACCINATION: An interfaith religious member Dominic Kasamba vaccinated at Diani Beach Hospital in Kwale on Wednesday.
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