The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) now says a probe has been launched after one person died after taking the Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine in Kenya.
However, according to Dr. Peter Ikamati, Deputy Director, PER, at the PPB, the death could have been caused by a miscarriage and not necessarily the vaccine.
“What we can say is it was a misreport, an expectant female got a miscarriage, it happened within period of being given vaccine. Miscarriage could have happened, it does not have to be linked to the shot,” he said today.
He added that the Board will release a report on the incident, which happened in Uasin Gishu, on Friday.
“Because of the gravity of the matter, when a severe case is reported, PPB will follow up within 24hours.”
Further, Ikamati added that 279 people had adverse effects after taking the vaccine, with 7 others experiencing severe symptoms.
The effects include headaches, and other side effects. The majority of these are reported to have cleared within a 2 day period.
According to the Ministry of Health, 325, 592 Kenyans have so far been vaccinated against Covid-19 as of yesterday.
Cumulative vaccination status in the counties; Nairobi, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Kisumu, and Kiambu counties have recorded the highest total number of vaccinations to date at 108,180; 23,511; 18,516; 13,644 and 13,623 respectively.