The Ministry of Health (MoH) has responded to media reports about the alleged administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

MoH has also urged Kenyans not to get lured into paying for COVID-19 as they are provided free of charge by the Kenyan Government.

“Ministry of Health would like to urge Kenyans not to get lured into paying for a COVID-19 vaccine. All vaccines provided by the Government of Kenya are free of charge. There is no cost at all to the available multiple vaccines,” read the statement.

MoH also confirmed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was not yet deployed until Thursday when they were dispatched to various health facilities within the country.

“The Ministry of Health also wishes to confirm that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has never been deployed. The first batch of 141.600 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was received in the first week of September 2021. The vaccine will be deployed to different health centers nationwide from today. Thursday. 9th September 2021,” the statement continued.

The MoH advised the public to remain vigilant even as the government deploys multiple vaccines across the country. Moh also urged the public to report urgently any anomalies they encounter to the nearest authority.

“As the government of Kenya ventures into the multiple vaccine deployment, we request the public to remain vigilant. Your wellbeing is of key importance to the nation. Should you encounter any anomalies, kindly urgently report to the nearest authorities,” said MoH.