Kenya’s health ministry has advised hospitals to stop giving first doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines, APA reports citing BBC.
Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe says a shipment arriving on Friday from global-sharing scheme Covax is meant for those due for their second shots.
More than 950,000 Kenyans who received their first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine in mid-March will receive the booster shots from Friday.
Kagwe says under the current circumstances it will be better to ensure that these people are fully vaccinated.
A single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine gives about 70% protection for at least 12 weeks and 81% after a full dose.
The minister says those who are yet to be vaccinated will be given other vaccines such as Janssen, which is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.
But it is still not clear when they will be delivered.