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New year celebrations: Don’t admit unvaccinated persons, Kagwe tells hoteliers

Kagwe has asked Kenyans to get jabbed before attending public places.

In Summary

• The CS has asked Kenyans as they prepared for the new year celebration that, if possible, they should not engage in mass parties.

• The ministry is witnessing a number of cases where the information was given was not accurate, bringing about issues once the vaccination certificate has been printed.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe meets Council of Governors in Mombasa on December 15.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe meets Council of Governors in Mombasa on December 15.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has raised alarm over rising cases of Covid-19 in the country.

The CS urged Kenyans on Monday in a statement to continue wearing face masks at all times while in public places, wash their hands with soap and water, sanitise, maintain social and physical distance and avoid all forms of gatherings be they social or political.

At the same time, the CS said reminded all restaurants and public places not to attend or offer any service to people who are not vaccinated.

“All restaurants and public places are reminded not to admit persons who have not been vaccinated. For you to go out to public places, please get vaccinated.

Let us not relent in the fight against this unseen enemy. Like I always say, if you treat this disease normally it will treat you abnormally,” Kagwe said.

Kagwe added that the ministry is witnessing a number of cases where the information was given were not accurate, bringing about issues once the vaccination certificate has been printed.

“All Public and Private Vaccination Centers remain open until late during this festive period. Also, ensure that your personal data is captured correctly when you go for vaccination.”

Kagwe has also thanked everyone that is adhering and observing the containment measures that the ministry had advised.

As Kenyans prepare to usher in the new year, the CS has asked them, if possible, they should not engage in mass parties, but if they have to, do it outdoors and observe the Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines and protocols.

“Let not the festivities to usher in the New Year, be the reason our hospitals get overwhelmed and schools do not re-open. We all need to behave responsibly, take care of each other and ourselves.”

This comes as latest figures from the ministry indicates that the country’s positivity rate stands at 37.6 per cent.

As of December 26, 2021, a total of 9,579,456 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of these, 5,639,933 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 3,939,523.

The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 55.7 per cent.