With the spread of COVID-19, attempts have been made to come up with a solution to tackle the pandemic. One of those solutions is the development of vaccines. But vaccines alone will not address the pandemic without vaccination efforts. Therefore, ensuring access to the vaccines equitably and safely is vital to ensuring that COVID-19 prevention efforts are not in vain.
Vaccines for fighting COVID-19 are a gamechanger. As efforts to develop, manufacture and deploy vaccines continue, there is also a need to follow all other prevention guidelines such as social distancing, wearing safety masks and ensuring ventilation indoors and avoiding crowds. It has been established that getting vaccinated does not guarantee a person from re-infection with COVID-19. Therefore, it is not time to throw caution to the wind and increase the risk of infection to self and others.
The need to take precautions and avoid the risk of infection, even after vaccination is important because there is ongoing research into how much vaccines protect not only against the disease but also against infection and transmission.
Information on the pre-clinical and clinical development of the vaccines and the number of doses available globally is also being curated by different organisations worldwide, such as the WHO including the vaccines available worldwide as curated by WHO.
At the time of writing this article, 27.3% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 13.8% is fully vaccinated. 3.89 billion doses have been administered globally, and 31.84 million are now administered each day. However, only 1.1% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.
According to the same data, only 1.16% of the Kenyan population has been fully vaccinated while only 0.79% of the population has been partly vaccinated against COVID-19.
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The Ministry of Health in Kenya has set up the vaccination process to roll out over 3 phases to prioritise those in greatest need.
As per the Kenyan government guidelines, the COVID-19 vaccine is available for phase 1 groups as follows:
- healthcare workers & support staff in health facilities;
- persons aged 58 years and above;
- teaching & non-teaching staff in educational institutions;
- uniformed forces (police, military, and other security personnel); and
- leaders in religious institutions.
Phase 2 is for persons aged 50 years and above and those with underlying serious illness, and tourism workers.
Phase 3 is for the rest of the population (that is, everyone else).
It is upon the government of Kenya to ensure fair and equitable vaccines to its citizens, and also every county receives them and rolls them out to everyone, especially the most vulnerable in the society.
As such, different facilities are offering the COVID-19 vaccine, most of which are accredited by the government through the Ministry of Health. However, these vaccines are issued based on a schedule and availability and also based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. The best places to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Nairobi are as follows.
Located in Parklands Area in Nairobi, M.P. Shah Hospital is a modern 240-bed facility that is home to highly skilled and experienced specialists and professional medical staff. The hospital has been offering the COVID-19 vaccine since the first phase was announced. You can book your appointment for vaccination through their website (mpshahhosp.org).
Avenue Hospital was founded in 1995 to manage the outpatient department at the Hospital, and to extend medical services to corporate clientele through an innovative concept of Managed Healthcare.
The facility recently conducted a vaccination drive for those who had received their first dose of vaccination and were seeking a second one (ended 20th July 2021). Therefore, you can follow their website (avenuehealthcare.com) to be alert when their next vaccination exercise is announced.
Opened in 1954, The Nairobi Hospital has excelled in medical expertise and services provision and has deservedly earned recognition throughout East Africa and beyond as an advanced diagnostic, treatment and referral centre. Expansive investment in the latest technology and medical equipment has enabled the hospital to establish leadership in medical procedures both in Kenya and outside.
The facility is offering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday 27th July & Wednesday 28th July 2021 for those who received their first dose 8 weeks ago or more. You can also follow them on Twitter (@thenairobihosp) to learn when the next vaccination drive is open.
The Karen Hospital is a 102-bed multispecialty hospital in Kenya located in Karen along Karen –Langata Road, Nairobi. The facility offers patient-focused, world-class medical treatment and accords the highest standards of medical care to all our patients indiscriminately.
The hospital has been offering the vaccine for COVID-19 on an available basis. Appointment for vaccination is by strict booking which can be done through their website (karenhospital.org)
For over sixty years, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUH) has been taking care of families in East Africa. As a private, not-for-profit hospital, they strive to provide access to quality healthcare to all who need it.
The hospital has been offering the COVID-19 vaccine on an appointment which can be made through their website (hospitals.aku.edu/nairobi/).
The hospital was founded in July 1997 as a comprehensive eye care facility with the main hospital located in Loresho Westlands District, Nairobi County. LSEH focuses on economically disadvantaged groups of the society in rural and urban areas extending its services to them through community outreach programs.
The hospital has been offering COVID-19 vaccine for phase one on an appointment basis which can be done through their website (lionsloresho.org).
Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is a not-for-profit Children’s Hospital established in 1947. Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is licensed to provide healthcare to children and teens up to 21 years and provides the full range of healthcare services including preventive care, accident and emergency, outpatient care, inpatient medical and surgical care, and rehabilitation services.
The hospital offered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and someone can book an appointment for the second dose through their website (gerties.org). COVID-19 vaccinations take place at the Muthaiga headquarters only.
Mater Misericordiae Hospital is committed to being a leading healthcare provider in East and Central Africa. The hospital has been providing the COVID-19 vaccine by booking an appointment through their website (materkenya.com)
Ruai Family Hospital is a leading health service provider in its service area. Ruai Family Hospital is committed to providing one standard of care to all patients through a range of programs and services committed to quality and affordability.
The facility has been offering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since the 23rd of July 2021. Identification documents are required to receive the second dose of the vaccine.
Metropolitan Hospital Nairobi is a community hospital with over 500 shareholders. The main shareholder was Mr Ancrum Evans, a British investor who first came to Kenya in 1943. he has moved on to sell most of his shares to the locals to achieve his original vision of owning a minority share, thus not having a controlling share.
Metropolitan Hospital was among the first medical facilities approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine by the Ministry of Health in Makadara. The facility has been administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to medical practitioners.
Here are more places within Nairobi where you can get vaccinated against COVID-19 that are certified by the Ministry of Health:
- Mbagathi District Hospital;
- The Nairobi South Hospital;
- The Nairobi West Hospital;
- Nairobi Men Prison and Langata Women Prison;
- Ngara Health Center;
- Dandora 1 Health Centre;
- Ruai Family Hospital;
- Pumwani Hospital;
- Ruaraka Uhai Neema hospital;
- GSU Headquarters;
- Embakasi Health Center;
- Mama Lucy Hospital;
- Makadara Health Center;
- Jamaa Mission Hospital;
- Mutuini Hospital;
- Kawangware grounds (Riruta Health centre satellite);
- Coptic Hospital;
- Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Hurlingham;
- Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Adams Arcade.