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Kisii, Nyamira residents urged to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Residents of Nyamira and Kisii County have been urged to receive coronavirus vaccine.

This comes after the low turn-up experienced in the regions.

According to Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, the number of individuals receiving the vaccine in the county is still low.

“We are not seeing the stampede for the doses as being witnessed in other areas like in Central,” he said.

Maangi added that it’s the chiefs’ responsibility to create awareness regarding the importance of the vaccination as the county has so far received 21,000 doses.

“I ask them to plead with our people to go and get vaccinated,” he stated.

“We have lost people, not one, not two, but many. This should be a wake-up call that all of us must do something,” Maangi said.

He called upon residents to observe the Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols.

“If we become careless as I see some people do, we may be staring at a crisis. Each person should wear a mask and go for this jab,” he affirmed.

Nyamira County Director of Health Silas Ayunga also encouraged residents to get vaccinated.

“Our county has not done very well in terms of jab uptake. That is why we are calling upon our residents to get vaccinated for their good,” he said.

County Public Health Director Richard Ongware urged people to remain vigilant and uphold the coronavirus protocols.

“Let’s not forget that the virus is still very much with us and we have a responsibility to observe the containment guidelines.”

Nyamira County Commissioner Amos Mariba pointed out that action will be taken against individuals who go against the coronavirus guidelines.

“We have seen people wearing masks only when they spot a police vehicle or when they see a police officer around them. You should not be afraid of a police officer, but of the virus,” he said.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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