Today I witnessed the start of the Covid-19 vaccination of health workers in Machakos county. The health workers, including Community Health Volunteers and staff working in health facility, will get first priority in the ongoing vaccination program.
In Machakos, each of the vaccinated people will receive an official Machakos County Government Covid-19 Vaccination record card. The card’s details will correspond with the National Government’s digital platform that is keeping records of all vaccinations.
When this Corona Virus became a pandemic, health experts said that the only way to contain it is by the tried and tested system of using a vaccine. The disease has killed millions, causing heartbreaks and has come close to demolishing the economies of nations.
Our children and nearly all of us, myself included, have benefited from being immunized against many killer diseases such as Measles, Polio, Tetanus, Rotavirus and Hepatitis B among many others. The regiment for vaccines given to children is in excess of 10 in number.
I urge all citizens to embrace this vaccination breakthrough so as to end this pandemic. We are tired of constrained lives and uncomfortable living conditions due to the disease. Let us not listen to propaganda and naysayers who still take medications for pain or blood pressure made by the same people who have developed the vaccine.
I am ready for myself and family members to be vaccinated as soon as possible and can not wait for my turn. With a Covid-19 vaccine, just like with the Flu vaccine or the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine and the Hepatitis, Yellow fever and such vaccines that I have been given in the past, it will mean I am more protected from sickness even as I travel and interact with people from all over the world.
Today’s launch was to test the system and we will roll out mass vaccinations in our Machakos Level 5, Level 4 and Level 3 health facilities from Wednesday of this week. We have received 900 vials of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine which are enough to vaccinate 9,000 persons.
Dr. Alfred N. MUTUA, EGH
Governor of Machakos, Maendeleo Chap Chap Party Leader & 2022 Presidential Candidate. March 8th, 2021