EDITORIAL

Withdrawal of Covid jabs not a solution to apathy

Moving the vaccines to areas with uptake is high is more like curing a symptom instead of the disease.

In Summary

•Moving the vaccines to areas with uptake is high is more like curing a symptom instead of the disease.

• Though it makes sense to move these vaccines to areas with high demand to ensure the doses do not expire, that does not work well for the greater good and safety of all.

A vaccination exercise by the Nairobi Metropolitan Service targetting matatu operators at the Central Bus Station on September 17, 2021.
A vaccination exercise by the Nairobi Metropolitan Service targetting matatu operators at the Central Bus Station on September 17, 2021.
Image: MERCY MUMO

The plan by the Ministry of Health  to withdraw Covid-19 vaccines from areas with low uptake might be logical but it is unsafe and not well informed.

Moving the vaccines to areas with high uptake is like curing a symptom instead of the disease.

Though it makes sense to move these vaccines to areas with high demand to ensure the doses do not expire, that does not work well for the greater good and safety of all.

Kenyans in counties in the western and northern regions have shown unbelievable skepticism, they still deserve to be protected.

The ministry should conduct serious public sensitisation on the need of taking the vaccine instead of leaving citizens to their own ignorance-driven resolve.

Even if the country vaccinates the rest of the population, there is no safety for all unless that pocket of the unvaccinated get the jabs.

For this reason alone the state needs to overcome the challenge of low uptake by sensitising the public through every avenue available, including house to house campaigns.

Though the MoH cannot force anyone to take the vaccine, every effort must be made to persuade and even coarse the reluctant to see the sense of getting the jab.

Ignorance can never be allowed to beat science.