END JAB MYTHS

State seeks to popularise, improve AstraZeneca uptake

Healthcare workers trained to tackle misconceptions on vaccine

In Summary

•Health workers brought together for training on how to tackle myths and disinformation on jab

•Only 1900 people had  been vaccinated across Kitui county by the end of Monday

Participants follow proceedings during the training at the Kitui KMTC campus on Tuesday.
Participants follow proceedings during the training at the Kitui KMTC campus on Tuesday.
Image: Musembi Nzengu

The government has moved to stem the lethargy in the uptake of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine among heath workers and teachers in Kitui county who are the targets of the first round of inoculation.

Health care workers from both the public and private health facilities in Kitui were brought together in a training in Kitui town to tackle misinformation and myth associated  with the vaccine making residents to shy away from it.

At  the start of the training  that brought together subcounty health management teams from the 14 Level 4 public hospitals, faith-based and private health facilities,  only  1,900 been vaccinated across the county.

Of those who received  the jab that was launched on March 10 by  the Kitui county executive for health and sanitation Dr Winnie Kitetu, 74  per cent  were men while 36 per cent were women according to Kitui health department covid-19 report released on Monday.

Kitui County Health executive Winnie Kitetu gets vaccinated against Covid-19 during the launch of the exercise on March 10.
LEADING Kitui County Health executive Winnie Kitetu gets vaccinated against Covid-19 during the launch of the exercise on March 10.
Image: Musembi Nzengu

At the Mwingi Level 4 Hospital the medical superintend Dr Evans Mumo  said on Tuesday that the facility received 1,000 doses. He said  the jabs were meant for health workers and teachers.

“We have observed poor  turn out  among teachers. We urge them to come out in big numbers to receive the vaccination,”  said  Mumo.

County expanded programme on immunisation logistician Henry Muinde said the aim of the session was to scale up the uptake of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine  in the county.

-Edited by Sarah Kanyara