Acting Director-General of Health Patrick Amoth has become the first Kenyan to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.
Dr Amoth received the Covid-19 jab during a ceremony at the Kenyattta National Hospital in Nairobi where the Ministry of Health rolled out the vaccination.
The doctor was among 10 other people who were also injected to prevent them from contracting the respiratory illness.
Speaking before taking the jab, Dr Amoth said his decision to get vaccinated was informed by fear among some Kenyans who think the vaccine is not safe.
He assured Kenyans that the AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine has no long-term side effects.
“I know there has been a lot of speculation about this vaccine even before it arrived. To erode those doubts and speculation some of us will take in the presence of the media to encourage others to follow suit,” he said.
The process takes about 15 minutes where an individual is first briefed before he/she is injected.
But even after Dr Amoth and other senior health experts took the jabs, some Kenyans remained sceptical about it.
A majority of netizens said they would have to wait to see if the vaccine would harm the recipients.
Others said they wished that Very Very Important Persons (VVIPs) like President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, or ODM leader Raila Odinga had got the jabs first.