Commission Staff receive Covid-19 vaccine
Seventy Commission staff including family members received the first dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday, 26th August 2021 at the Commission complex in Gigiri-Red Hill Road.
The staff added to the national tally of 1.6 million Kenyans who have received at least the first dose and 780,377 who are fully vaccinated as of August 22, 2021 according to Ministry of Health reports.
The jab was administered by the Ministry of Health (MoH) officials in the main boardroom. The vaccination exercise was organised by the Commission Secretary/CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi.
Commission Secretary/CEO Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi (far right) converses with the Ministry of Health Official Ms. Vera Mayore during the CUE staff Covid-19 vaccination exercise held at the Commission complex in Gigiri on Thursday 26th August 2021.
In a message sent to all CUE staff on August 4th 2021 the CEO asked staff members who had not already received the Covid-19 jab to indicate their interest in receiving it. The CEO was arranging with Ministry of Health officials to administer the vaccine at the Commission premises. More than 60 members of staff and their family members, that had not yet received the jab, had by August 16th registered for the exercise. The date for the vaccination was set for August 26th in consultation with MoH officials.
Following a letter from the Head of Public Service (Ref. No. OP/CAB.1/12A) dated 5th August 2021 expressing concern on the low uptake of Covid-19 vaccines among public servants, the CEO asked other staff members who had not taken the job to register for the exercise.
Several government institutions have been organizing vaccines for their staff following a directive by the Head of Public Service, Mr Joseph Kinyua, to ensure all public servants are vaccinated and are back to work for efficient service delivery.
The nursing officer, Ms Verah Mayore, who was administering the jabs, said she was impressed by the large turnout of staff and family members despite a short notice.
The staff commended the Commission CEO for organizing such an important exercise and coordinating well until the end.
Left: Ms. Lucia Muia of Planning, Resource Mobilization and Research Division receives her first dose of the Covid-19 shot. Right: CUE’s Administration and Human department team: Margaret Kamoni, Andrian Mugambi and Lilian Ojwang conducting registration of the staff during the exercise.
“We have been receiving consistent updates from the CEO when and where the Covid-19 will be administered. He (Prof. Ntarangwi) ensured that he gave timely updates and follow-up immediately he announced that he is organizing with Ministry of Health to ensure staff get the vaccine”, said Mr. Andrian Mugambi, Administration and Human Resource department. “We thank the Commission for organizing the vaccine on behalf of staff. The exercise was well coordinated and the response was positive”, said Ms. Lucia Muia from the Planning, Research and Development Division.
Lilian Ojwang (Left) and Margaret Kamoni (Right) receive their first doses of the Covid-19 jab.
The staff also thanked the CEO for allowing them to bring their families on board during the exercise. The second dose will be administered to staff after eight weeks.