The Ministry of Health targets to vaccinate at least 1.5 million children against vaccine preventable diseases such as measles, polio, tuberculosis, diarrhea and pneumonia.

According to the Ministry, it is estimated that every year, there are at least 300,000 infants who miss critical vaccines.

Addressing stakeholder and media sensitization meeting in Nairobi Dr. Patrick Amoth said, despite efforts by the ministry to reach at least 90 per cent of children with lifesaving vaccines, immunization coverage has stagnated at 80 per cent with some of the vaccines like HPV and the second dose of measles rubella vaccine falling behind at 30 and 50 per cent respectively.

In addition,  Amoth said some counties reported a vaccination coverage of only 60 per cent.

Currently, one in six children under one year do not complete their scheduled vaccines, only one in two children below 2 years have received the second jab of Measles Rubella and only one in 3 girls aged 10 have received 2 doses of HPV vaccine which protects against cervical cancer.

The main objective of the periodic intensification of routine immunization is to vaccinate at least 95 per cent of children between 9-59 months with Measles Rubella (MR) vaccine including the second dose.

 Amoth said the Ministry has availed all vaccines in all immunizing facilities and urged parents and guardians to ensure that their children complete the immunization schedule including the second dose of measles rubella which is given at 18 months.

The gap in immunization means there are several children who do not have immunity against these vaccine preventable diseases.