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Elderly seeking covid-19 vaccines overwhelms hospital – Dr Kapkoni

Elderly people jam Kitengela sub-county hospital to seek coronavirus vaccines on March 29.
Elderly people jam Kitengela sub-county hospital to seek coronavirus vaccines on March 29.
People infected with Covid-19 in Kajiado county flock to Nairobi private hospital or Machakos County Referral Hospital to seek help.

Kitengela sub-county hospital was on Monday overwhelmed by elderly people seeking the government’s free vaccination for coronavirus.

The hospital, that started giving vaccines to the elderly last week after President Uhuru Kenyatta took his AstraZeneca jab, was full of the elderly as early as 6.00 am.

The County Director of Medical Services, Dr Ezekiel Kapkoni said those seeking the vaccine arrived as early as 6 am before the hospital staff had reported.

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“We are surely overwhelmed but we are determined to serve our senior citizens. There was a small hitch that delayed our crew from serving the vaccines up to 10 am, but we have overcome that,” said Kapkoni.

Kapkoni said most of the elderly arrived from Nairobi and Machakos counties.

Doctors at the hospital said the number of people seeking the vaccination shot up tenfold after President Kenyatta and a section of ministers took their jabs last week.

A parliamentary committee on health led by its chairperson, Sabina Chege, on Wednesday last week while touring the national depot for vaccines in Kitengela demanded that the president and his cabinet should take the jab so the nation can follow.

The committee noted that the uptake of the vaccines was “realistically too low” after a section of Kenyans refused to take the free and voluntary jab.

Two days later President Kenyatta took the jab and opened the entire country.

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