A Kenyan medical staff member administers the first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at Uhai Neema Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya on September 7. Archive photo by Daniel Irungu / EPA-EFE
November 22 (UPI) – In a new measure aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, health officials in Kenya will limit access to government services, hotels, restaurants, bars and other businesses for unvaccinated people.
New rules begin on December 21 to limit access to revenue, transportation, ports, immigration and education agencies. They will also limit access to hospitals, prisons, animal parks as well as hotels, bars, restaurants and businesses, Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said at a press conference on Sunday.
“Those who have been vaccinated are not risking their lives in the service of those who have refused to be vaccinated. The main reason we all need to be vaccinated is to make sure we keep the economy going,” he said. declared.
Some 4.5% of the Kenyan population is vaccinated against COVID-19.
The country has reported 254,710 cases and 5,328 deaths.
Kagwe said the new rules will protect Kenyans from the virus during the holiday season.
Only people who have received both vaccines, including AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna or the Janssen single shot vaccine, will have access to travel services.
Boda boda drivers and riders will need to request proof of vaccination before authorizing travel.
The announcement came as cases of COVID-19 multiply across the world.
Germany faces a “national emergency” with record coronavirus infections, while Austria will enter a nationwide lockdown due to deaths and increasing cases.
Both countries are contributing to the 15% weekly rise in cases and 4% in deaths in Europe – the only continent to rise in both categories.
Health officials assured Kenya would not revert to severe restrictions, and Kagwe noted that teens would receive the vaccine next week, which would help boost the vaccination rate.