Kenyan Catholic doctors have criticised the planned move by the government through the Ministry of Health to administer COVID-19 doses to Kenyans for protection against the highly contagious disease.
The doctors, led by Stephen Karanja said the only ways to prevent the spread of the virus was through wearing masks, mass testing, treatment and observation of COVID-19 patients for up to two weeks.
He said- “We advise that a COVID-19 vaccine is unnecessary, and should not be given. We appeal to all the people of Kenya to avoid taking it,” the Catholic health professionals said in a statement.
Karanja’s remarks were in sharp contrast with the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, who sits at the Vatican and advised all and sundry to take the vaccine.
The Pope said it was an ethical choice for one to take the vaccine to protect their life against the virus.
COVID-19 has infected over 116 million people and killed more than 2.5 million across the world.
Kenya received the first batch of the vaccine on Wednesday, March 3. The consignment was received by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, who assured the country the government would account for every jab.
Kagwe said the vaccines would go a long way in boosting the country’s fight against coronavirus, describing it as a game-changer.