Kenya – The locals of Kenya are now rushing for vaccination after the outbreak of news about the Omicron variant. It is said that the new variant is more contagious than the earlier ones, and this fear is driving a lot of Kenyans to go for their covid 19 vaccine.
Omicron Variant was first identified in South Africa. This variant has prompted concern among scientists and public health officials. During an interview with a few local residents, they shared that the fear of new variant mutating makes us feel more fearful of getting infected, therefore a jab will protect us.
During a press interview, the head of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists; Dentists Union, Dr Davji Atellah, said it wasn’t yet possible to predict a rebirth of the virus due to the new variant. He also made suggestions to local Kenyans to get vaccinated and called suggested the government increase the vaccination drive.
Dr Atellah also suggested, “drive-through vaccinations. In the places of work, on the road streets, at the public transport regions and even in the clubs so it becomes a way of combating this particular virus. We saw with the previous strain of Delta, that actually by being vaccinated there was a lot of protection from getting severity and we believe that could also happen with this particular strain if more studies are continually being done on it.”
Though Africa received vaccine donations in millions from other countries to support the vaccination drive. As per a statement issued by the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (Avant), the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), and Covax the donation of the vaccine was done in an “ad-hoc” manner, with doses with short shelf life, which makes challenging for them to plan the vaccination campaign and increase deeper penetration.
There are travellers returning from South Africa to various other countries, amongst these United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Australia have reported cases of the new variant joining a growing list of countries that have confirmed cases among travellers returning from southern Africa.