DIFFERENT SCRIPTS

ORINAH ORINAH: State's mixed approach to Covid war worrying

All Kenyans have every democratic right to get the vaccine or not t

In Summary

•The directive by PSC requiring all civil servants to be vaccinated had caused uproar from several quarters attracting a lawsuit.

•Experts say vaccines only prevent but no assurance from getting Covid-19.

A patient receives the AstraZeneca vaccine at KNH during a mass vaccination on August 8.
CURBING COVID SPREAD: A patient receives the AstraZeneca vaccine at KNH during a mass vaccination on August 8.
Image: MERCY MUMO

The decision by Kenya top officials to read from different scripts in the fight against Covid-19 is not only worrying and confusing but also a serious managerial failure in the war against the pandemic.

Head of Public Service Commission Joseph Kinyua mandated all government workers including teachers to be vaccinated by August 23 or face disciplinary action.

However, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said all Kenyans have every democratic right to get the vaccine or not to.

On one surprising note, on Friday Public Service and Gender PS Mary Kimonye contradicted the CS and issued another notice on Friday, August 20, stating that missing the jab will be treated as an indiscipline case.

The above is not only confusing but raises tough and more questions than answers.

The directive by PSC requiring all civil servants to be vaccinated had caused uproar from several quarters attracting a lawsuit.

Kenyans were not happy with the way they are treated as small kids.

They lamented that they have rights in matters concerning their lives and health status and should not be forced to do something they are not willing to do.

They have also requested the High Court to intervene in this.

Experts say vaccines only prevent but no assurance from getting Covid-19.

This comes from opinions that are divided on ideal vaccines.

So far, ideal vaccines to prevent recurring of Covid-19 and permanent cure is yet to be established by WHO.

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris