Hundreds of elderly people across Kenya are struggling to access the COVID-19 vaccine & Kenya is at risk of missing its vaccination target. In cities, seniors are waking up as early as 3AM only to find long lines at the health center. For those living in rural communities, the problems are only exacerbated by limited refrigeration and logistic hurdles in delivering the vaccine. This project will begin by providing the vaccine to 2,000 seniors with the ability to expand upwards to 10,000 elders.
According to the WHO regional office in Africa, Kenya is in jeopardy of missing the global target of vaccinating 10% of the most vulnerable groups against COVID-19. With long lines at vaccine clinic and many health centers located a great distance away from the homes and communities of our seniors, the elderly cannot access the vaccine -- placing them at an increased risk of death from the virus.
This project will enable the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors in Kisumu West sub-county before expanding to the surrounding areas. In total, Kisumu West sub-county has approx. 8,500 persons aged 60 or older. Our nurses will provide a brief medical examination to the seniors before administering the vaccine. Seniors will be given a snack or light meal and personal protective equipment (e.g., mask and hand sanitizer) before leaving our vaccine clinic in Kisumu West-sub county.
COVID-19 is a worldwide pandemic causing over 4.5 million deaths around the world. Vaccines are necessary to stop the spread of the virus and mitigate its effects, particularly on the most vulnerable -- our elderly neighbors. Our program will ensure the safe and reliable delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to homebound seniors. Without reaching the elderly in poor and vulnerable communities, many elderly will continue to die and our community will not be safe from COVID.