The county government of Trans Nzoia has partnered with the Inter-religious Council of Kenya Network for a three-month Covid-19 vaccination drive in a bid to boost the jab uptake.
Mountain of Prayer and Deliverance Ministries Bishop Raymond Mutama said the initiative intends to demystify misleading myths that make people shy away from being vaccinated.
“We are glad that the church has also been prioritized in the drive and we hope to support the government’s initiative to vaccinate,” Bishop Mutama said.
He noted that there are a lot of misconceptions among the community members about the Covid-19 vaccine hence the need for proper awareness creation.
His sentiments were echoed by Bishop Martine Mafumbo of the Inter-Faith Council Trans Nzoia East Sub County who called on the government to organize training for the church leaders and other stakeholders in order to educate and mobilize the masses while they spearhead the Covid-19 vaccination exercise within the community members.
“We as church leaders are ready to partner with the government to ensure that as many people as possible get the vaccination but we need more training on the knowhow of the vaccine so that we can be able to explain to our people,” Mafumbo said.
Trans Nzoia County health promotion officer Leah Okumu called on the members of the public to be more vigilant by ensuring that they follow all the Ministries of Health protocols in their endeavors citing the discovery of the New Covid19 Omicron variant from South Africa which is said to be more dangerous and its cases have been traced in the neighboring country of Uganda.
Okumu applauded the effort by both governments in involving the church leaders in the mobilization of the members of the public to get the vaccination saying this will go a long way of ensuring that the government achieves its target of vaccinating 10 million Kenyans by the 12th of December 2021 and achieving the goal of vaccinating 60 percent of the Kenyan population by the end of 2022.
Trans Nzoia County has set a target of vaccinating 500,000 – 600,000 people by the end of 2022.
So far, Trans Nzoia County has been able to vaccinate 115,681 people, out of which 51,110 are women and 64, 571 men.