The Ministry of Health is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033 against the initial target set in December 2021 of 10 million fully immunised Kenyans by Christmas Day.
In a statement the ministry indicates the uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 56.7 per cent proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 16.4 per cent.
“As of January 8th 2022, a total of 10,593,638 vaccines had so far been administered across the country, of these, 6,039,385 are partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated are 4,478,832” it stated.
Another 24,195 had been administered to those between 15 to 18 years while 51,226 were booster doses.
The top 10 county being Nairobi with 35.5 per cent of the population fully vaccinated, while Siaya being the lowest at 12.9 per cent.
“The top 10 counties are; Nairobi in the lead with 35.4 per cent of the population fully vaccinated, Nyeri 32.8 per cent, Laikipia 26.4 per cent, Kiambu 23.4 per cent, Kakamega 21.3 per cent, Taita Taveta 19.3 per cent, Uasin Gishu at 18.9 per cent, Murang’a 18.7 per cent, Nyandarua 18.3 per cent, Machakos 17.9 per cent, Kirinyaga 17.8 per cent and Nakuru 17.5 per cent,” it indicated.
The country’s COVID-19 infections has rose above the 2000-mark with 27 infections belonging to the newly identified Omicron variant.
According to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, the first two individuals with the Omicron variant had a travel history from South Africa and Ghana, while the rest had no recent international travel history thus suggesting ongoing community transmission.
While attributing the high resurgence of cases to the newly identified Omicron variant, the minister urged Kenyans to get vaccinated and those vaccinated to adhere to the laid out health protocols.
The positivity rate is now at 13.9 per cent as of yesterday 741 people tested positive for the disease, from a sample size of 5,329 tested.
Total confirmed positive cases are now 311,538 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 3,099,482.
Currently there are 1,210 admitted patients in various health facilities countrywide, while 25,991 are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.
54 patients are in the ICU, 31 of them on ventilatory support while 22 are on supplemental oxygen. One patient is under observation.