Get Vaccinated# Defeat COVID-19
The COVID-19 vaccination which was introduced in March 2021 is still continuing until all eligible people are vaccinated and protected. The service remains available at all health facilities when there are no mass vaccination campaigns. From time to time the Ministry of Health and Child Care conducts mass vaccination campaigns in different communities.
What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines?
COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing severe illness and death. Getting vaccinated protects you, your friends, your workmates, your family and the nation at large. COVID-19 vaccines remain effective across different variants of the virus and people should continue to get vaccinated even when new variants come. Vaccines provide protection against long COVID which has been linked with the ongoing omicron variant outbreak. Parents and caregivers should encourage and allow children from 12 years upwards to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Why does the Ministry of Health and Child Care continue to conduct COVID-19 vaccination campaigns?
COVID-19 is still there and remains a threat to public health as long as cases are still being recorded in the country and beyond. A decrease in number of cases does not mean the end of COVID-19. Serious waves of the disease are still a possibility. Vaccination therefore remains important. Some children aged 12 to 15 years known to be at high risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 are still to be vaccinated. New age bands in children become eligible for vaccination from time to time and should be protected. Vaccination of children helps control outbreaks in schools which have become common. This indirectly protects the elderly people they interact with daily in schools and at home. There is need to reach out and vaccinate the remainder of the unvaccinated adult population and those who are still to get second or third doses. The country has secured sufficient vaccine doses and plans to avert future waves by intensifying vaccination
Who can be vaccinated against COVID-19?
All adults and children starting from 12 years of age and above. Note that the elderly (60 and above years) and those with pre-existing chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, asthma and other heart and lung conditions are at high risk of serious COVID-19 disease and are a prioritized group for vaccination.
Where to access COVID-19 vaccination services
During vaccination campaigns, vaccination will be available at: All Hospitals (public and private), All government, council and mission clinics, Approved Private Medical practitioners’ rooms, All primary and secondary schools, Tertiary schools, Workplaces, Other selected places near you such as churches, markets, streets, and others. Outside campaigns COVID-19 vaccination services continue to be available at health centres