In Kenya, plans to literally drive up Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination are in motion.
Non-governmental organisation Amref Health Africa, multinational pharmaceutical AstraZeneca, and Kenya’s Ministry of Health are collaboratively launching a fleet of mobile vaccination clinics to increase vaccinations in remote communities across Kenya.
What is the state of vaccination in Kenya?
On average, only 17.7% of Africans are vaccinated. As of now, only about 31.4% of the adults in Kenya are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The movable clinics have backup power supplies and solar-powered fridges for maintaining the standards of the tools and supplies. They are also fitted with web-enabled computers to facilitate timely data capture and reporting. Their deployment will increase general vaccine uptake in the country.
There are currently 10 of the said mobile clinics and each of them have KPIs(key performance indicators). The 10 clinics aim to cumulatively vaccinate up to 1,000 people per day—that is 70–100 people each daily.
In addition to vaccination, they will also provide COVID-19 screening, post-immunisation care, and vaccine education.
Less about the destination, more about the journeyc
The purpose extends beyond protecting communities that are hard to reach from the pandemic. It is also a forward-thinking approach in preparation for future health emergencies like COVID-19.
Amref Health Africa hopes that the clinics will help Kenya incorporate vaccination services into its primary healthcare. This is possible as while on the move, they will provide education that can shrink the aversion to vaccination and increase awareness of non-communicable diseases that influence health emergencies. If sustained, this programme will create a pipeline or structure that may facilitate timely response to emergencies similar to the COVID–19 pandemic.