Nairobi – The government on Sunday announced a sweeping plan to support an ongoing COVID vaccination campaign, threatening to withhold key services to Kenyans who do not get vaccinated.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, who was flanked by his Tourism and Wildlife counterpart, Najib Balala, said those who do not get vaccinated will be denied access to public transport and hotels in from December 21.
Kagwe further announced that the government would also retain key services, including those offered by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), among other agencies.
“Anyone seeking in-person government services must be fully immunized and proof of immunization must be provided by December 21, 2021. These services will include, but are not limited to, KRA services, education, services immigration, hospital and prison visits, NTSA and port services, among others. ,” he said
Kagwe pointed out that some of the guidelines are derived from the Public Health Act which he says authorizes the ministry to take such drastic measures, especially during a pandemic.
The SC said the move was intended to protect officials and service providers from other sectors, insisting that “those who have been vaccinated do not risk their lives in the service of those who have refused to be vaccinated.” .
“No one is saying that it is mandatory to be vaccinated, but if you want to come to my office for services and everyone is vaccinated and you are not, that’s unfair. The law is clear and “she’s on our side. The courts cannot force someone who is vaccinated to entertain someone who is not vaccinated,” Kagwe said.
“The main reason we all need to be vaccinated is to make sure we keep the economy going and to make sure we don’t go back to hospitalization and people suffering at home,” he added.
Balala also announced that unvaccinated people will be denied access to reception facilities, warning that those who violate the directive will be held personally responsible.
“All national parks and protected areas will have to demand the same from December 21. What we want is to control the spread of infections because it will be a holiday season and we will celebrate and enjoy, but we have to. do while we’re safe, ”Balala said.
As of Sunday, 6.4 million people had been vaccinated and 2.4 million people had been fully vaccinated. The government aimed to vaccinate at least 10 million people by the end of the year.