Kenya demands vaccination proof to access services

23 Nov, 2021 - 00:11 0 Views
Kenya demands vaccination proof to access services Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe

The Herald

NAIROBI. – A group of Kenyan and foreign companies welcomed yesterday a government edict that residents from December 21 must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to access services, saying this would boost very low vaccine take up in the country.

Rights group Amnesty International criticised the move, saying Kenya would not be able to vaccinate the majority of its population in just four weeks and so many people might be unable to earn a living, access transport or go to school.

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe made the announcement on Sunday. Public services affected include schools, transport services, immigration and other state offices, and hotels, bars, restaurants, national parks and wildlife reserves.

Directives about vaccines have split public opinion globally: some politicians and citizens say measures infringe on personal choice and others say they protect the public.

Carol Kariuki, chief executive of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), an umbrella body that claims over half a million members, said the group encouraged all Kenyans to get inoculated.”This is not only good for business continuity and the economy, but also to protect others,” she said.

Official figures show 8.8 percent  of people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the East African country so far. Irungu Houghton, executive director of Amnesty International’s Kenya office, said the government directive was unrealistic. –

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