277 adverse effects from Covid jab reported in Kenya - Kagwe

323,592 people have received their jabs across the country as of April 6.

In Summary

•The CS reassured Kenyans that majority of the side effects of the vaccine clear within two days.

•According to vaccination status per county published n the Ministry of Health's website, Nairobi leads with 108,180 vaccinations.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

At least 277 adverse effects from the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have been reported in Kenya, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has said.

These said effects vary from headaches, fever, nausea, fatigue, excessive sweating and so on.

The CS reassured Kenyans that majority of the side effects of the vaccine clear within two days.

The Ministry of Health also said that like any medicine, vaccines can cause mild side effects, such as a low-grade fever, or pain or redness at the injection site. 

“Mild reactions go away within a few days on their own.  Severe or long-lasting side effects are extremely rare,” it says.

These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. 

At least 323,592 people have received their jabs across the country as of April 6.

According to vaccination status per county published n the Ministry of Health's website, Nairobi leads with 108,180 vaccinations.

Other counties with the highest records include Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Kisumu and Kiambu.

Kagwe assured Kenyans that there will be a second dose for those who have already received their first jabs.

This is after claims of vaccination running out in the country.

"The Ministry of Health assures all those who have and are taking the first dose of the vaccine that they will get their second dose as planned, " the CS said.

With 2,258 deaths and 139,842 infections since the first case was announced on March 13, 2020, Kenya has received 1.12 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.