The Ministry of Health on 27 September, outlined that it targets to vaccinate at least 5.8M Kenyans by October 20, when the country will mark Mashujaa Day.
However, the possibility of achieving the target is slim as transporting the vaccines from regional warehouses to vaccination centres has been difficult.
“We want the ministry to realign existing resources and assist the county government transfer these vaccines to the county government. There is no reason for COG to come here and collect these vaccines, yet we know the problem,” Senator Ledama Ole Kina said.
According to the Senate Health Committee, it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and county governments, given the budget allocations that have been made.
The committee confirmed that more than Shs 100 billion, was allocated to the Ministry of Health under the division of revenue bill.
“We will also share with counties if money is the problem. We will need to sit with governors and see why some countries are at 40% and others at 1 per cent,” Micheal Mbito, Senator Trans Nzoia said.
Meanwhile, the country issued an average of 13,170 to 49,846 doses per day in the previous week, a decrease from its initial target of 100,000 vaccines.
So far, some counties like Mombasa are yet to receive their share of the Pfizer vaccines.
By Everlyne Bosibori