A majority of locals in Uasin Gishu County are afraid of going for the Covid-19 vaccines because of a number of misconceptions.
Uasin Gishu County Executive Committee Member for Health Dr. Eveline Rotich says despite there being sufficient vaccines, only a few locals have turned up to be vaccinated.
In an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, Dr. Rotich said one of the misconceptions they have had to address is the perception that vaccines are not safe.
“When going round to ask people why they are not coming for these vaccines, they have always said that they are not safe and that they don’t know if they have been tested. This is faulty thinking and we want to assure locals that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe,” said the CECM.
Another misconception has been that once vaccinated, a person is likely to lose his/her ‘bedroom appetite’ which the County Executive said was not true.
Dr. Rotich said the county has sufficient Covid-19 vaccines and asked locals to come out and get the jab.
She noted that there are 12 vaccination centers in Uasin Gishu County where locals can get vaccinated for free.
“Currently there are over 7,000 doses available and once they are given out we can request for more from the Ministry of Health,” said the CECM.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu is targeting to vaccinate 679,970 locals who are aged 18 and above.
Currently, 57,172 have been fully vaccinated while 106,432 locals have received the first dose of the vaccine.