The Kenyan government alongside the ministry of heath has called upon Kenyans from all walks of life, to get vaccinated against Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and save lives. This comes barely one year after the country received vaccines donations from different parts of the world.
Statistics published in the Ministry of Health website show that 6.1 % of Kenyans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 2.2 % have been fully vaccinated, with the elderly, frontline workers and people with special health conditions given priority.
Importance of getting vaccinated
The center for Disease Control and Prevention advocates for the administration of vaccines to protects individuals from the variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 hence reduce COVID-19 related deaths, and combat it’s spread. However, those that are fully vaccinated are advised to wear face masks while in public.
How to access the vaccine
Kenyans can access AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson and Moderna vaccines free of charge at different health care facilities in their respective counties. The first step is registering your details on https://portal.health.go.ke/by selecting an identification type (ID, Passport, Birth Certificate, Alien ID or Military ID) then submitting your identification number, email address, telephone number. The sign-up process comes to an end after setting a password that can be used to access the portal.
Ones this is done, visit any hospital facility to receive your first doze.
Possible side effects of the vaccines
People experience different side effects depending on the vaccine administered and the body’s immune system. Some of the reported side effects include; fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, diarrhea and pain on the arm.
Remember to stay hydrated by consuming a lot of fluids, except alcohol and eat fruits and vegetables.